MAIDUGURI (Borno, Nigeria), Feb 27 (NNN-GNA) — A popular Monday market in Maiduguri, Borno State has been set ablaze.

The fire, according to numerous eyewitnesses, sparked off at 4 am on Sunday morning.

An eyewitness who was seen in the viral video said personnel of the fire service are at the scene of the inferno.

He said: “This is massive, people are just crying”.

The market known simply as Goni is said to have over 10,000 shops in the market.

Another eyewitness wrote: “It’s a great loss to the economy, it’s a great loss to our livelihood, especially now that the people have started recovering from the devastation of Boko Haram insurgency.”

Efforts to put out the fire by the state fire service have not yielded results, as the fire continues to rage, destroying the largest part of the market.

Daily Trust observed a large number of youths looting from the goods that were saved from the raging fire.

Also, banks that are operating in the market area were affected.

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