A mystery fire today gutted a section of the Gamboru market, Maiduguri, destroying properties worth millions of naira.
Some traders at the market told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Maiduguri, that the fire started around 4 a.m.
“The fire started between 3 a.m and 4 a.m and destroyed all the items at a section of the market,” Mohammed Ibrahim, a trader, said.
Ibrahim pointed out that some military officers had on Friday evening directed all the traders to leave.
“They came on Friday around 4 p.m. and asked everybody to leave, so all of us closed our shops and left the market.
“But we were surprised to see smoke coming out of the market in the morning.”
Saidu Idrissa, a furniture maker, corroborated Ibrahim’s claim, saying that they were unable to salvage any of their belongings when they arrived in the morning.
“We rushed to the market in the morning, but we could not move in because a detachment of security officers had cordoned off the place.
“We were forced to remain at the entrance until later in the afternoon, by which time our properties have been razed down completely.