About 300 shops were lost to a fire that blazed through the Sabongari Zaria main market in Kaduna state.
The Vice-Chairman of the Butchers Association of the market, Mallam Adamu Ibrahim, said the cause of the fire – which started early on Saturday morning – was unknown.
“Reports received from eye witnesses so far, indicated that the fire started either by midnight or early morning of Saturday and it is suspected to be caused by electricity problem,” he said.
“It took the intervention of good Samaritans and men of the fire service to put off the fire and prevent its escalation.
“However, more than 300 shops have already been destroyed. We are therefore appealing to government to come to our aid.”