Govt Shuts Dosunmu Market, Sanwo-Olu Hints At Building Demolition

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State has vowed that more buildings will be demolished to allow for proper cleanup of the Dosunmu market.

Sanwo-Olu disclosed this on Thursday when he visited the market, which was gutted by fire on Tuesday.

The fire destroyed no fewer than 14 buildings, with four buildings collapsing, according to the Lagos Territorial Coordinator of the National Emergency Management Authority, Ibrahim Farinloye.

Sanwo-Olu, who described the disaster as “preventable,” blamed it on carelessness.

In a post on X, the governor said, “Dosunmu Market will remain closed until we can ensure the safety of all structures and compliance with regulations. Unapproved buildings will be demolished. Our commitment to safety and order in our markets is unwavering.”


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He further said, “This is very unfortunate. This fire started on Tuesday and first responders were activated. We thought it was something we could control in the first couple of hours but, unfortunately, our people have been very reckless, and they denied the first responders access. So, even 48 hours later, it’s still an active disaster site.

“About 14 buildings have been affected but more might still go down after the extensive fit-for-purpose test that will be conducted soon.

“What I have seen here could have been prevented. We don’t have a full report yet, so I don’t want to speculate, but the initial report said the fire resulted from gross carelessness and people not understanding what it means to keep the environment safe, but we will conduct a proper extensive audit into what led to this.

“We also notice that a lot of residential apartments have been converted into warehouses with inflammable materials kept in them. This is unacceptable, we will not allow a few people, who will not comply with our laws, to put the lives of others in danger. I announced yesterday that the market all around will be closed until we are able to do full assessments and proper clean up of this area. And without any doubt, some other buildings will go down.”

The governor said the Dosunmu Market fire incident should be a wake-up call, stressing that, “The government will not shy away from its responsibility; we will come hard on structures and property that will not conform to our rules and bring them down. And I will shut this place for as long as it takes; there will be zero tolerance all around here

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