Bauchi market fire guts over 90 shops as Oyo shuts Market over violence

*Business activities in the largest plaza at Wunti Market, in Bauchi State, have been halted as traders count their losses following a late-night fire

Alexander Davis | ConsumerConnect

An intense, late-night fire Saturday, February 13 has razed more than 90 shops in the largest plaza at Wunti market in Bauchi, Bauchi State, in Northern Nigeria.

The actual cause of the inferno was not known as of the time of filing the report, but it was gathered that it started in a section of the plaza where salon, computer, and tailoring shops were located.

Channels TV report also noted no life was lost in the fire incident, but shop owners lost valuables as it was impossible to evacuate property due to the intensity of the fire.

Meanwhile, business activities in the plaza have been halted as traders count their losses.

In a related development, the Oyo State Government Saturday ordered the immediate closure of Shasha market in Akinyele Local Government Area of Ibadan, the state capital.

The market was closed after an ethnic clash was recorded Friday, February 12.

Mr. Taiwo Adisa, Chief Press Secretary to Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State, in a statement noted the government said that the order was to forestall breakdown of law and order in the area.

The statement noted: “His Excellency, Governor Seyi Makinde has directed the immediate closure of Shasha market indefinitely following reports of a breach of peace in the area.

“The governor has also approved the imposition of curfew on Shasha. It will run from 6 p.m. to 7 a.m.

Adisa further stated that “residents of the affected area are enjoined to go about their legitimate businesses within the hours stipulated by the law.

“Anyone caught disrupting the peace of the community will be made to face the wrath of the law.”

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