Traders at the Jos main market have been counting their losses after a midnight fire gutted the market at the week end
The market which was in 2001 razed by fire, has been in use by petty traders with make-shift shops erected in different sections of the burnt market
Alhaji Abdulrahman Yusuf, the chairman of Traders Association in Plateau, told newsmen in Jos that over 270 shops with properties worth millions of Naira were destroyed.
Yusuf called on government to come to the aid of the traders, to enable them bounce back to business.
Adie Undie, the Plateau Police Commissioner, who visited the affected market told newsmen that the fire started around 1:30a.m, adding that the cause of the fire was yet to be ascertained.
The commissioner further said he would liaise with relevant authorities to unravel the cause of the fire adding that his men would remain at the scene to ensure miscreants do not take undue advantage to loot.