Unknown arsonists on Tuesday night attacked and set ablaze the buying complicated of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) Zamfara State Council secretariat, positioned at Gusau, the state capital.
In line with the store house owners, suspected thugs stormed the press heart and began vandalising one of many retailers and later poured petrol on the plastic objects within the store and lit it with lighter.
“The arsonists chased away the store operators and others who have been attempting to place off the fireplace. The arsonists waited till the store was engulfed with fireplace earlier than leaving.
“They chased us away from our retailers and made positive that the store they focused was set ablaze and engulfed within the inferno earlier than they left.
“Earlier than we knew it, greater than 4 different retailers had gone up in flames,” they lamented.
One of many store operators, Mallam Umar, who sells provisions, advised newsmen that when he received the chance to open his store after the arsonists had left, his store was stuffed with smoke.
“Although fireplace didn’t burn my items, most of my items received smashed and stolen by some who posed as helpers.
“Truthfully, I can’t quantify what I misplaced now as a result of I’m but to rearrange my store to know what’s lacking or broken,” he mentioned.
Mohammed Rabiu, a dressmaker who operates one of many retailers, mentioned the arsonists intentionally stopped the individuals from offering assist when the fireplace began which made the inferno have an effect on many retailers.
“I and others have been watching helplessly because the suspected thugs have been unleashing terror on our retailers; if not for the fast arrival of the fireplace service, the complete NUJ Secretariat would have been burnt to ashes,” he mentioned.
One other dressmaker who additionally sells garments defined that he was but to determine what he misplaced through the rush hour as many entered his store to pack out tailoring machines and garments.
Malama Rahamatu, a restaurant operator whose store was one of many retailers principally affected by the inferno, mentioned she misplaced cash and different valuables, together with meals objects to the fireplace incident.
“I stored some cash which was meant for purchasing objects from Kano and left for residence, with the intention to come back again later within the night to provide the POS operator to switch, however earlier than I got here again, the cash and different issues within the store had gone up in flames,” she mentioned.
The Appearing Chairman of the Council, Comrade Ibrahim Mohammed Boko and the Secretary, Alhaji Abubakar Ahmed described the inferno as a catastrophe and an enormous dent to the income technology of the council.
The NUJ officers known as on the safety operatives within the State to fish out the perpetrators.