A midnight fire has razed a four-storey modern shopping mall in Benin, Edo State capital.
Popularly called Phil Hallmark, the mall is located on Sapele Road.
Scores of sympathisers, including Governor Godwin Obaseki, House of Assembly members and other political bigwigs visited the scene yesterday to commiserate with the owner, Mr Philip Edigin.
A resident, Tony Kabaka, described the burnt mall as the “Shoprite” of Benin.
It is the only modern shopping in the ancient city.