There was wailing at Iwebo lane behind Oba Market, Benin, Edo State, on Tuesday, after a man that inherited his late father’s house, Idemudia Obamwonyi, set the building ablaze over refusal of tenants in the building to pay.
Over 20 shops in the building were razed. Many of the shop owners had locked their jobs before the fire started.
Idemudia was said to have been heard shouting telling people to allow the house burn since he does not make any money from the house.
A shop owner who gave his name as Justice Aigbekhan, said they have paid their rent but Idemudia kept asking for money claiming that he wants to perform his father’s burial.
Another shop owner, Cynthia Obaseki said she lost goods worth N5m to the inferno.
It was gathered that the police has arrested the said Idemudia.
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