Fire destroyed a section of the main commercial hub in Makurdi, Benue State on Tuesday night.

The fire has destroyed a section of the main commercial hub in Makurdi, Benue state on Tuesday night.

The blaze started about 6:30 pm and continued for long moments before the arrival of the state fire service. 

Terver Akase, spokesperson for the Benue state government confirmed the incident to newsmen saying the fire affected the George Akume road section of the market.

The market, containing a row of lock-up shops, was built by former Governor Gabriel Suswam to unclog the Makurdi city centre and easy trading.

It served as a temporary shelter for victims of the devastating flood in 2017 and residents who fled their villages at the height of violence by herdsmen between late 2017 and early 2018.

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