Eyewitness Report: Fire Guts Art Gallery and Mami Market in Ikoyi

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The Signature-Beyond Art Gallery in Ikoyi today was gutted by fire at about 1 p.m., Nigerian time. This fire incident can be assumed to be one of the backlashes of the protracted fuel scarcity in the country.

The Art Gallery, which is in-between Mami market and the Nigerian Prison Service barracks is renowned for having great art work. Today the serene art space was made chaotic as artwork, which included carvings and paintings was hauled to the next building which is a branch of Sterling Bank.

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An eyewitness who prefers to be identified as anonymous said, “there was a man who lit a cigarette and he wanted to refill the tank of his motorcycle simultaneously; the motorcycle went off in flames. Unfortunately the first shop by the entrance of the Nigerian Prison Mami Market also had petrol stored in it and everything went into flames.”

As of the time of filing this report, the entrance of the barracks has been cordoned off by an armed officer of the Nigerian Prison Service and our reporter could not gain access into the Mami market.

The pains of the protracted fuel scarcity and epileptic electricity supply have increased the plight of Nigerians in their day-to-day living.