Wednesday, December 26, 2012

One person dead and 40 others injured from massive fireworks explosion at Jankara market, Lagos Island

Nigeria's National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) on Wednesday said one person was killed and 40 others were injured from a cracker that sparked a major fire outbreak in the Jankara area of Lagos Island, the country's commercial hub.

Spokesperson for the agency in Lagos Ibrahim Farinloye said "We recovered just a body so far and the body was burnt beyond recognition, but we have treated 40 injured persons."

Monsurat Isiaq, a market woman confirmed that more than 10 apartments were damaged after fireworks stored in a close by warehouse in Jankara market area on Lagos Island exploded.

Jankara market is the largest market in Lagos and sells everything from tie-dyed cloth, trade beads and jewelry to pirate cassettes, pottery and clothing. The use of knockout and fireworks during festive periods in the state is rampant.

Nigerian police recently banned fireworks during the Christmas and New Year celebrations, especially in northern part of the country where fundamentalists had laid a siege with incessant bomb explosions and killings, forcing residents to flee to other parts of the west African country believed to be safe.


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