Atleast 100 shops were reported to have been razed and goods worth several millions of naira destroyed when fire gutted Central market in Katsina State.
Some of the goods destroyed during the inferno that was said to have started at about 8 am and lasted for several minutes include provisions, foodstuffs in large quantities, and books.
It was gathered that the fire on Monday started from the Unity Bank building within the market and spread to other stalls, destroying goods stocked in the shops.
As the fire raged on, it was learnt that hoodlums stormed the premises and were carting away goods and other property belonging to traders that were not onground during the inferno.
To prevent its continuation, the vigilante group in the state arrested no fewer than 100 hoodlums found to have been removing goods and property from the Katsina Central Market fire scene.
The commander of vigilante group, Salisu Rabo, in an interview with newsmen, disclosed that the suspects have been handed over to the Nigerian Police for prosecution.
To ascertain the extent of damage, the State Governor, visited the scene of the fire and could not hold back his tears after witnessing the extent of damage done during the inferno.
The governor, who struggled to hold back his tears, described the incident as the most devastating inferno that ever occurred in the state.
He therefore consoled the traders whose goods and commodities were destroyed by the fire and prayed for Almighty to replace what they lost with greater bounties.
The Governor also promised his administration’s commitment to cushion the effect of the incident on the affected traders.