Fire Brings Down 600 Shops In Bida Market
The entire old market in Bida has been affected by a fire incident leaving over 600 shops destroyed.
Nigeria news gathered that the fire started at about 8:30pm and the cause is still not known.
According to witnesses, “firemen from the Bida Fire Service and Federal Polytechnic Fire Service could not access the burnt section of the market as some shops were still in flames.”
Speaking on the incident, Alhaji Mohammad Badugu, the Chairman, Bida Local Government, stated that, ” We are expecting more fire-fighting vehicles from Minna as our neighbouring local government’s fire-fighting engines are not in good condition.”
In his words, “the Bida fire service and Federal Polytechnic fire service, the Police, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps and good Samaritans rallied to extinguish the fire.”
He added that, “all the 600 shops in the old market were completely burnt.”
He also made a promise that the market will be rebuilt by the council without delay.
According to the Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr Dibal Yakadi, “My Area Commander is leading police personnel deployed to maintain security of lives and property in the market,’’ Yakadi said.
He explained that, “the police were there to prevent miscreants from stealing and to ensure the law and order in the market.”
Meanwhile Items that have been destroyed include, “clothes, motorcycles, building materials, bags of maize, beans, rice, palm oil and poultry products.”