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Fire destroys over N200m worth of Yams in Taraba

Burnt Yams at the Wukari Yam Market in Taraba state.

Yam sellers in Wukari Local Government of Taraba State have been counting their losses following an overnight fire that destroyed more than N200 million worth of tubers at a market on Saturday.

Chairman of Wukari Yam Market Association, Anthony Agbu, who conducted journalists round the market, said the fire was noticed at about 2am on Saturday, and that tubers of Yam, along with other valuables including motorcycles, were burnt.

Mr Agbu, who could not immediately identify the cause of the blaze, however, confirmed that yams worth over N200 million were burnt to ashes.

Mr Agbu also claimed that some of the traders relapsed into a coma on learning of the inciden.,

He appealed to the Taraba State government and other well-meaning Nigerians to urgently come to their aide.

Some of the affected traders who spoke to newsmen at the scene of the incident decried the level of damage caused by the inferno.

A trader at the market, Emmanuel Gani, said he was “…passionately calling on the governments at all levels” to come to their aid; while another victim, Margaret Adashu, said she was grieved because all her earnings “have gone down the drain overnight”.

The Chairman of Wukari Local Government, Adi Grace, told journalists that at first hand, he could not ascertain the cause of the fire, although he added that a high-powered committee has been set up to identify the cause, with a view to taking proactive measures against future incidents.

Reporting by Sani Sulaiman; Editing by Abdullahi Lamino and Tony Okerafor