Covid – 19: Crisis looms as Nigerian Navy sets a Pharmacy shop on fire at Igbokoda

Covid – 19: Crisis looms as Nigerian Navy sets a Pharmacy shop on fire at Igbokoda

Nigerian Navy sets a Pharmacy shop on fire at Igbokoda
…residents want Akeredolu to investigate and bring those involved to book
…ask for compensation for the victims

Covid - 19: Crisis looms as Nigerian Navy sets a Pharmacy shop on fire at Igbokoda

Nigerian Navy led Security Surveillance which was constituted to enforce curfew orders declared by the Ondo State governor in order to prevent the spread of the deadly disease called coronavirus, has set a pharmacy shop on fire at Igbokoda.

The pharmacy shop owned by Mrs Taiwo Omosehin which was at number 104 Omonira street, Igbokoda, was set on fire at exactly 7:15 pm on  Wednesday, under the pretence of enforcing the order of the governor.

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It could be recalled that His Excellency, Governor Rotimi Akeredolu on the 15th of this month, declared curfew from 7pm to 7 am in order to mitigate against the spread of the deadly disease. The governor however, singled out health or medical shops including hospitals and food shops among others for exception.

These naval officers who were said to have come with gallons of petrol went straight to the pharmacy shop where the two children of the woman were already sleeping in, and put it on fire in the full glare of the people within the area who were in front of their houses. It took the combine efforts of the people of the area to rescue the kids from the burning fire.

Covid - 19: Crisis looms as Nigerian Navy sets a Pharmacy shop on fire at Igbokoda

The Naval officers were later said to have returned with their Senior officer to come and beg the owner of the shop probably having realized later that Pharmacy shops are among the exempted shops.

Assuming pharmacy shops are not exempted, the governor has not ordered anyone who flouted the order to be killed nor his or her properties to bet set on fire, rather for such person to be arrested and taken to court.

“We appeal to Governor Akeredolu and all well meaning people of the state not only to investigate and bring these overzealous arsonists who were ignorant of the order of the governor, to book if found guilty, and to also stand as deterrent to others. We also appeal to the government to compensate this young woman so as to be able to bring back her pharmacy shop which was her only means of livelihood.” The residents said.

Covid - 19: Crisis looms as Nigerian Navy sets a Pharmacy shop on fire at Igbokoda

Read their reaction and juxtaposed:

This 👇🏿👇🏿 is their reaction:


1. The attention of the Nigerian Navy has been drawn to the news going around in some quarters and online media about alleged burning down of a pharmaceutical store in Ondo state. The alleged publication is mischievous and unfounded. For the records, a fire outbreak was reported at about 7:30 pm on 16 April 2020 along Omonira Street, Igbokoda in Ondo State. The fire gutted a small medicine shop built with block and wood. It was reported that the owner, as with others, on sighting Nigerian Navy patrol vehicle while enforcing the 7:00 pm curfew enforcement imposed by the state, ran into the shop and exited through the back door of the shop. At that point, the shop was observed to have caught fire. The team sighted the fire and approached to find out the cause and render assistance.

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2. Some mischief makers have alleged that the Nigerian Navy Team set the shop on fire in order to create bad image for the service and the Armed Forces. However, while the fire was still raging, an Investigation Team from the Naval Base, along with the Department of State Service in Ondo State, visited the scene of the incident and discovered a camp gas with pot on it and a gallon close by. It was obvious the shop owner was cooking at that time of the incident and an inflammable substance (either kerosene or PMS) inside the gallon was close by. The spot inspection and estimate showed that, in the process of running out , the shop owner might have inadvertently tripped the naked flame from the cooking gas which triggered the fire incident. In addition, the wooden structure of the building aided the inferno.

3. Thus, the general public is hereby requested to disregard the false information being circulated as published by some online media. It is advised that, Media Houses kindly verify information from appropriate quarters before publishing. We will continue to remain accessible to the media for corroboration as well as verification of relevant news items. Thank you for your usual support and cooperation.

Major General
Defence Media Operations
Defence Headquarters
18 April 2020

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