This is not the best of times for former Ambassador to Zambia/Malawi, and one-time Commissioner for Women Affairs in Ogun State, Barrister Folake Marcus-Bello.
The learned woman has lost one of her investments in Ogun State to inferno. The serial entrepreneur who is a farmer lost her oil palm plantation running into millions of naira to a mysterious fire which ravaged her farm around Onipepeye, along Abeokuta-Sagamu expressway, in Obafemi-Owode local government.
The fire incident occurred last week and destroyed almost 10 hectares of the farmland known as Folake B Farm. Over 500 palm oil trees among other farm products were ravaged by the inferno which burnt for hours before the fire was eventually put out.
Unfortunately, nothing could be salvaged from the destruction left by the incident. The manager of the farm had received an urgent call when the fire incident started. Though she rushed to the scene, she and the villagers could do nothing because of the ferocity of the inferno.
As the prevailing harmattan equally contributed to the fierceness of the fire which continued to spread round the farm. It was gathered that the source of the fire outbreak was not known but farmers who were hunting for bushmeat might have started it.
While the handwork of some unscrupulous elements who just wanted to destroy the investment of the former Ambassador were also suspected to have caused the unfortunate incident.
Saddened by the ugly development, Marcus-Bello lamented how the larger part of her 10 hectares of land worth millions of naira were consumed in a twinkle of an eye.