Wadata Market, which is prominent in Makurdi, Benue State capital has been razed down by fire on Wednesday.
Mr. Dan Agbo, a resident of Makurdi in a telephone conversation with WEST AFRICA REPORTERS (WAR) said the fire razed down the market leading to loss of properties worth millions of Naira.
The poultry, abattoir, vegetable, palm oil, fish and grain sections of the market were completely razed down.
The fire was on till 5:am before it was put off.
Traders were seen in tears, while some who had the courage to speak said they lost their goods to the fire.
Mr. Doo Shave, Assistant Chief Fire Officer, confirmed the incident and described the fire as unfortunate.
We got a call that the market was on fire by 2:am, we mobilised to the scene and were able to finally put off the fire by 5:am early morning, he said.
Mr. Dan Agbo, a witness described how Mr. Samuel Ortom, the state governor made emergency visit to the market to ascertain the level of destruction done by the fire.
The governor commiserated with traders who lost their goods to the fire incident and donated the sum of N30 million to them as an immediate relief, Agbo added.