In another tragedy to hit Jos, the Plateau State capital, at least 270 temporary shops were burnt down after fire at the Terminus Main Market of Jos North Local government area.
This has been confirmed by the Plateau State Police Commissioner, Mr. Undie Adie who told journalists that the mystery fire started at about 1:30am on Saturday.
Mr. Undie explained that when the fire started his DPO in charge of the area promptly alerted him and equally alerted the fire service department – who did their best to contain the inferno.
The Police chief added that the cause of the fire remains a mystery as his command works with fire service team to ascertain the cause of the fire.
“And few of the things we have salvaged were secured at the police post. We are liaising with the chairman of the market so that we can identify those who suffered losses,” he said.
Chairman of Traders Association of the market, AbdulRahman Jimoh Yusuf told newsmen that properties worth millions of Naira were destroyed.
“One marketer, Alhaji Magaji Abdullahi has more than 166 dealers and each dealer cost about N180, 000, when you make the multiplication it would give you N29, 880, 000. And many marketers lost their properties worth millions of Naira.”
The police say their Special Task-Force unit was able to cordon off the area to avert looting.