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Benin Mall Fire: Governor Obaseki assures of Probe



phil-hallmark-fireEdo State Government says that full investigation would be conducted into the cause of the fire that gutted Super Mart, the only ultra modern shopping mall – Phil-Hallmark – along Sapele Road, in Benin.

Governor Godwin Obaseki said this on Sunday when he inspected the mall.

He also said investigation would be conducted into the activities of the state fire service.

Obaseki who was obviously shocked at the damage done to the mall described the damage a major disaster.


According to him:

This incident happening at this time of the year is a catastrophe. I have asked for written report and investigation into the cause of the fire.

We will also investigate the claim by an official of the state Fire service on the allegation of lack of equipment. Because I understand that trucks were distributed by the NDDC and the State Government during the last administration.

The governor said that to avert future fire disaster, fire extinguishers would be placed in several places in the mall and in all vehicles in the mall.


Earlier the Managing Director of the mall Philip Edigin said that the fire started at about 12 midnight on Sunday.

He disclosed that all effort to get the State fire service to come to their rescue proved abortive as the fire service told him they had no diesel to work.

He said he was later able to get help from the Nigeria Air force fire service, IDSL NPDC and UNIBEN, before the State fire service came at about 6AM.

Meanwhile a supervisor in the State Fire Service Franklin Agbonlahor appealed to government for urgent upgrade of facilities and equipment of the fire service station.

He said the service lacked equipment to work when called upon during fire emergency.

Goods worth billions of Naira were lost in the inferno.



  1. Daezy

    December 12, 2016 at 12:04 am

    How much tragedy can a country handle at the same time?

    • Jennietobbie

      December 12, 2016 at 2:47 am

      What is going on,Nigeria. Are we cursed? Seriously, get it together. I can’t handle all these.

    • nene

      December 12, 2016 at 3:26 am

      tragedies happen everyday in every part of the world, the problem i have is that the fire service couldn’t contain the fire. this keeps on happening every time there’s a fire incident. several organizations in nigeria need to be fined for the loss of lives attributed to their carelessness and inability to do their jobs. this is just very tragic, especially with the recession going on in the country.

    • Mz Socially Awkward....

      December 12, 2016 at 11:53 am

      Yes, they do but the main differentiator is that Nigerian tragedies are 98.5% of the time caused by deliberate indifference/negligence/corruption/greed. And due to these factors not having any immediate cure, they keep happening again and again and even yet again…

      That’s what separates us from countries where nobody steals money meant for diesel and when they mourn, it’s because something unexpected like an earthquake happened… or ISIS interrupts the orderliness already existing in society by setting off a bomb.

  2. nyclawyergirl

    December 12, 2016 at 3:09 am

    This is pathetic. No diesel to work?!? How can emergency fire service not have fuel to respond to emergencies? 2 steps forward 10 steps back.

  3. Missappleberry

    December 12, 2016 at 5:59 am

    I wept when my mum called me about this news yesterday. I still remember how this woman started from scratch till she got here. So much wickedness in this world! I’m sure the fire services would have found a way of a dear relative of theirs was caught up in the inferno. I am so sick and tired of Nigeria and the stupid excuses they give to do their jobs under circumstances that wouldnt be such a big deal aboard. This building burnt to the ground! How could they allow this? This is our shoprite of Benin. I’m so pained gosh! I can imagine what the owner is goin through! I just hope and pray she was wise enough to insure it. I also pray God strengthens her. This is a lesson but a very tough experience. May she come back better with a testimony of gratitude when she thought it was the end. Amen ??

    • What an ass

      December 12, 2016 at 6:10 am

      She probably has insurance, she’ll get her money back at least.

  4. Missappleberry

    December 12, 2016 at 6:01 am

    a way out* abroad*

  5. Jane(the real Jane)

    December 12, 2016 at 8:11 am

    Sad. They had just expanded. But to lose everything just before the festive season is really painful.

  6. Peace

    December 12, 2016 at 8:58 am

    This is very sad.

  7. tunmi

    December 12, 2016 at 3:08 pm

    Hmmm was this building inspected and cleared? The permits and buildings department, and the fire service have a case to answer. Where there sprinklers in the building? Fire alarm system nko? What about fire extinguishers? Why was there no diesel? Isn’t this something the fire service should have forewarned and made noise about acquiring before a fire happened?

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