Unknown arsonists on Tuesday night attacked and set ablaze the buying advanced of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) Zamfara State Council secretariat, situated at Gusau, the state capital.
In line with the store homeowners, suspected thugs stormed the press middle and began vandalising one of many outlets and later poured petrol on the plastic gadgets within the store and lit it with lighter.
“The arsonists chased away the store operators and others who have been making an attempt to place off the hearth. The arsonists waited till the store was engulfed with fireplace earlier than leaving.
“They chased us away from our outlets and made certain 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 outlets had gone up in flames,” they lamented.
One of many store operators, Mallam Umar, who sells provisions, informed 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 stated.
Mohammed Rabiu, a designer who operates one of many outlets, stated the arsonists intentionally stopped the folks from offering assist when the hearth began which made the inferno have an effect on many outlets.
“I and others have been watching helplessly because the suspected thugs have been unleashing terror on our outlets; if not for the short arrival of the hearth service, the complete NUJ Secretariat would have been burnt to ashes,” he stated.
One other designer who additionally sells garments defined that he was but to determine what he misplaced throughout 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 outlets largely affected by the inferno, stated she misplaced cash and different valuables, together with meals gadgets to the hearth incident.
“I saved some cash which was meant for getting gadgets from Kano and left for dwelling, with the intention to come back again later within the night to present 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 stated.
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 era of the council.
The NUJ officers known as on the safety operatives within the State to fish out the perpetrators.