Government Closes Dosunmu Market, Sanwo-Olu Suggests Possible Demolition

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State visited the Dosunmu market, ravaged by fire on Tuesday, declaring that additional buildings would be demolished to facilitate a thorough cleanup of the area. The fire outbreak destroyed at least 14 structures, with four collapsing, as reported by Ibrahim Farinloye, the Lagos Territorial Coordinator of the National Emergency Management Authority.

Expressing disappointment over the incident, Governor Sanwo-Olu attributed the disaster to negligence, emphasizing that it could have been prevented. He announced the indefinite closure of the Dosunmu Market until safety assessments are completed and regulatory compliance is ensured. Sanwo-Olu vowed to take decisive action, including demolishing unauthorized structures, to uphold safety standards in marketplaces across the state.

The governor underscored the need for accountability and a thorough investigation into the fire’s cause, emphasizing the reckless behavior of individuals who obstructed first responders’ efforts. Sanwo-Olu condemned the conversion of residential apartments into warehouses containing flammable materials, labeling such practices as unacceptable and posing a significant risk to public safety.

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