By Harry Awurumibe, Editor, Abuja Bureau
It is a ‘Black Sunday’ for the owner, workers and patrons of the multi-billion naira Abuja popular shopping mall, Prince Ebe-Ano Supermarket which was gutted by fire early Sunday morning.
Prompt News reports that men of the Federal Fire Service were at 6:40 am on Sunday seen still battling to put off a dawn inferno which consumed the three-floor Supermarket located at Efab Estate traffic light junction at Lokogoma area of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Abuja.
Although the cause of the fire and extent of damage cannot be ascertained as at the time of filing this report, a visit to the scene of the incident showed that the three floors of the Supermarket were completely razed down with all the items meant for sale in the mall.
An eyewitness who pleaded anonymity said the fire started in the wee hours of Sunday and that all the floors were aflame almost at same time hence the raging fire gave the team of firefighters who arrived at the scene much later had trouble putting of the fire in the Supermarket.
No word has come from the owner said to be a big philanthropist and businessman who single-handedly constructed a fully tarred kilometres long link road between Gudu District Market to Lokogoma Bypass which was abandoned by FCTA for years.
Meanwhile, scores of people who work at the fully- stocked Supermarket as full employees and casual workers have now lost their means of livelihood with the destruction of their place of work in the dawn inferno which has consumed Prince Ebe-Ano Supermarket.