Elements of the principle market in Minna, Niger State, in any other case generally known as Abdulkhadir Kure Extremely Trendy Market, was yesterday gutted by fireplace, with wares in no fewer than 70 outlets burnt down.
It was gathered that the fireplace gutted outlets the place clothes supplies, palm and groundnut oil are being offered out there.
Whereas the true reason behind the fireplace is but to be ascertained, the intervention of the lads of state fireplace service helped to curtail the fireplace from extending to extra blocks of outlets and about noon, the fireplace out there was managed.
It was noticed that safety brokers had been at alert to make sure that hoodlums didn’t capitalise on the incident to loot outlets.
A few of these whose outlets had been gutted by the fireplace had been seen scampering round to see what they might salvage from the particles of the fireplace.
The victims instructed journalists that that they had saved money of their outlets with the intention of going to the financial institution to deposit earlier than the incident occurred.
Chairman of the Kure Market Merchants Affiliation, Alhaji Yusuf, who can be one of many victims, disclosed that he misplaced a totally loaded truck of palm oil, about 400 gallons, value N10, 000 every making a complete of 4 million naira (N4, 000,000).
In line with him, preliminary evaluation carried out, estimated the loss to N800 million, saying that it might be extra as many individuals additionally misplaced money.
Niger state governor, Abubakar Sani Bello, in a press release issued to the media from his workplace sympathised with those that misplaced their wares.
Governor Sani Bello mentioned all short-term outlets could be relocated to keep away from future occurrences.
“We’ll work along with the market committee to make sure fireplace outbreaks are curtailed,” he assured.
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