Maiduguri - Malam Musa Isa, the Chairman of Borno GSM Market, on Saturday, said property worth N80 million were destroyed in an inferno that gutted the market on Friday.
Isah stated this in an interview with the media in Maiduguri.
He said that the fire, which started at about 3.30 a.m. on Saturday, was caused by an electric fault.
He explained that 24 shops and 53 temporary phone sellers’ stands were destroyed in the incident.
Isa said that although no life was lost, the extent of damage was huge.
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He added that "most of our people just came back from the market; somebody like Chinedu Mba, a major dealer in mobile phones and accessories lost over N8 million worth of goods to the fire."
"We could not do much because it was a night fire and most of us do not live near the market; besides, the town is under 24-hour curfew."
The media recalled that the Maiduguri GSM market popularly called "Jogol" had suffered suicide bomb attack in January last year in which 10 people were killed and several others got injured.