Night markets have resurfaced in Maiduguri, the economic hub and capital of Borno State, nearly three years after they ceased to exist due to Boko Haram insurgents’ attacks.
According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), the markets, which disappeared in 2012, at the summit of Boko Haram insurgency in the state, started resurfacing a few months ago, following the gradual return of peace and the removal of military checkpoints by authorities.
A correspondent of the agency, who went to scout the city on Saturday night, noticed that there was large-scale trading in markets located in Bulumkutu, Wulari, Gomari, Gwange, Customs and other areas.
The commodities sold included fresh meat, fish, grains and other perishables.
Also, there were local tea sellers popularly called “maishayi”, bean cake sellers and even fried grasshopper sellers in some of the markets.
During interview, Ibrahim Yusuf, a meat seller at Customs night market, said the return of the market had brought great relief to his family.
He said: “we thank God that the markets have return; this allows us to operate here for some time in the evenings; it is a thing of joy for us who cannot afford to rent shops at the Monday market or Gamboru market.
“Our customers are mainly labourers who earn daily wages who usually pass through this market to buy food items for their families before heading home.”