The popular Monday’s market in Maiduguri is reported to have gone up in flames since the wee hours of Sunday.
The market located at the Post Office Area at the heart of Maiduguri metropolis, according to eyewitnesses, went into flames from 1.30 am.
“From where I am standing at the post office here, I can still see thick smoke and flames from the market. Security operatives have condoned off the area and no one could have access to the market,” Adeyemi, an eyewitness told our correspondent on Monday.
According to sources, it is not clear what ignited the fire but some said it will not be unconnected with an electricity spark.
Some people are suspecting a spark of electricity as a result of faulty electricity connection.
The issue of a terrorist attack on the market was also ruled out by security agents.
“This is a case of arson and I doubt much if it’s a terrorist attack, ” a security source who does not want his name printed informed. Our correspondent gathered that traders were stranded while some of them were traumatised by the incident.