Traders Lose Over N200 Million To Fire Outbreak At Popular Jos Main Market  

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Yakubu Busari

The Plateau state Traders have  on Saturday lost  at least no fewer than   200 shops  and items estimated to worth over two Hundred Million Naira (N200 Million ) destroying fairly used clothes ,shoes ,jewelries.


The popular Jos Main market  chairman; section C of the market Aminu Bala in an interview told journalists that the fire inferno source can’t be identified but many traders  are still counting their loses.


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He described as very unfortunate a situation where traders successfully traded yesterday only for them to lost all their properties today.


According to him these traders from different ethnic nationalities on Saturday morning lost their goods.


The market which is mostly populated by Igbo businessmen was said to have been destroyed some years ago following a bomb explosion which was allegedly linked with the Boko Haram Islamic sect.


Information available revealed that the fire incident which was said to have started Friday night, several warehouses was burnt to ashes.


However, government officials were on the scene to ascertain the level of damage and get the details .


“we can’t estimate the total amount lost because of the fire inferno  shops and goods were involved; the money lost unquantifiable because the fire incident was very severed.”


Meanwhile, reports that The fire incidence which according to the Commissioner of Police (CP) Undie started around 1.30am was able to be curtailed by the fire service.


The CP who commended the fire service for their prompt response however lamented that “It is unfortunate that the fire service could not salvage some shops because of the position of where the fire occurred, as they could not gain access to it.”


CP Undie sympathized with the affected shop owners and assured them that a thorough investigation would be carried out by the police in conjunction with the fire service.


Meanwhile, he said the police will cordon off the place to ensure that there would be no looting, “as some of the salvage goods were already at the police post in the market.”


Adding that the Police is liaising with the chairman of traders of the market to know the number of shops affected and identify those who suffered losses.


On his part, the Management Committee Chairman of Jos North Local Government Council, Hon. Philip I. Nyam, thanked the police and fire service for their swift response, while commiserated with those that lost goods and shops.


Abdulraham Yusuf, the Chairman Traders Association of the market, said over 200 shops were affected, but said he could not estimate the total loss for now, as they are still assessing the situation.

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