Report reaching us that a popular Oba Market in Benin City, the Edo State capital, has been completely destroyed by fire.
According to an eyewitness, the fire almost burnt the entire market, which started around 12:05 am and raged till 6:12 am before it was put out by a team of firefighters.
It was gathered that there was no public electricity supply when the fire started, thereby ruling out the possibility of electrical spark while the actual cause of the fire had not been ascertained.
Many of the traders were crying uncontrollably over the loss of their valuable goods, estimated to be hundreds of millions.
The ever-busy dualized road in front of the burnt market, near Ring Road, was cordoned off by policemen with traffic diverted to adjoining roads and streets.
The Assistant Controller, Federal Fire Service in Asaba, Delta state, Samson Karibo, who was in Benin with his men, on special assignment, greatly assisted to put out the fire.
Karibo disclosed that the Chief Security Officer (CSO) to Obaseki called to inform him, shortly after the fire started, thereby making him to quickly move to the scene with his men.
Meanwhile, Mr. Karibo has assured the shop owners to thoroughly investigated to know the cause to prevent similar incidents in the future.