Properties worth millions of naira were lost on Sunday by fire at the popular Ekiosa Market in Benin, Edo State.
Most of the traders who had their shops with goods ahead of the Christmas and New Year celebrations lost their stock in the inferno that consumed the market.
The market fire, which started around 11am, also affected a five-storey office complex of the Edo Property Development Agency, located on the Sakponba Road close to the market.
The state Commissioner for Special Duties, Mr Damian Lawal; the Peoples Democratic Party lawmaker representing the Oredo Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives, Mr Omoregie Ihama; and the state Commissioner of Police, Mr Lawal Jimeta, were among top government officials who visited the market.
The cause of the fire has not yet been ascertained but it is being speculated that the fire was caused by a power surge when electricity was restored to the area.