An early morning fire has destroyed parts of the popular Bodija market in Ibadan, Oyo State South west Nigeria.
Many traders arrived to find their shops completely razed down, and are now counting their losses.
The cause of the fire is yet to be ascertained but it was gathered that the fire was eventually put out by fire fighters, traders and security guards at the market. Some merchants said they lost goods worth millions of Naira in the incident.
When contacted, the Director of Operations, Oyo State Fire Service, Ismail Adeleke, said the fire has been extinguished.
He said, “We received a call at 5:35am and we moved to the market and put out the fire immediately.
“There was no loss of life and nobody was injured in the incident. We were informed late. We didn’t receive any call from the people in the market, it was a policeman in Yemetu area that called and we responded swiftly.”