BREAKING: Fire guts Maiduguri central market

Fire is currently engulfing the Maiduguri Central market popularly known as the Monday market in Borno state.

The early Sunday morning, February 26, 2023 outbreak is still raging with men of the fire service battling to contain it.

The state Director Fire Service, Umaru Kirawa who confirmed the incident saing that the state, Federal, and other fire units from various institutions have joined to contain the inferno.

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“We have fully deployed to contain the situation,” Mr Kirawa said.

In a related development, gunmen have reportedly attacked intending voters in the Gwoza Local Government Area of Borno State on Saturday, causing many to suffer injuries as they scampered to safety.

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The gunmen fired gunshots from the top of the Mandara mountains during Saturday’s presidential and National Assembly elections.

Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), confirmed the attack during a briefing in Abuja.

He noted that no INEC facility was destroyed, adding that the injured people were taken to a hospital and are being treated.

Yakubu said, “The first one is the attack in Gwoza. Gwoza is in Borno State. I want to report that the military has confirmed that it was an 81-mm mortar attack on two facilities, including a filling station near the INEC office but no damage to INEC facilities and no casualties.

“Some people were injured, and they are in the hospital. We wish them a speedy recovery, but no destruction of INEC facilities and no disruption of the electoral process.”

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