- A section of the main market in Markurdi as been consumed by fire
- There were no reports of casualties but the cause of the fire is still unknown
- An eyewitness revealed that the fire started at about 6:30pm
Fire on Tuesday, June 18, razed down a part of Makurdi Modern Market, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), reports.
A NAN correspondent, who visited the market, met the affected part still enveloped in flames, while fire fighters were still struggling to prevent the inferno from escalating.
Sewuese Anene, public relations officer of the police command in Benue who confirmed the incident, said that efforts by fire fighters prevented the inferno from gutting down the entire market.
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She said that the cause of the inferno was still unknown, adding that full investigation into the incident would be conducted.
An eyewitness told NAN that the fire, which started at about 6:30 p.m., razed down the entire side of the market close to First Bank Plc building, located within the market.
The source, however, said that the bank was not affected.
NAN reports that the market has suffered many fire incidents in the past.
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that the Benue state government directed chairmen of the 23 local government areas of the state to leave with their official vehicles when their tenure ends.
Consequently, the bureau for local government and chieftaincy affairs in a statement issued on Sunday, June 9, requested Directors of General Services and Administration (DGSA), to allow chairmen to leave office with the official cars.
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