A section of the federal secretariat in Abuja was on fire on Thursday. The cause of the fire is unknown. As at the time of last reporting different agencies of government were making frantic efforts to put out the fire.
The building which houses the Ministry of Education,the Ministry of police affairs and the Ministry of Health was in confusion as workers scampered for safety. Eyewitnesses say that the fire started in the sixth floor of the eleventh floor building and it was difficult to put out the fire as the fire extinguishers had expired and it was difficult for fire service to get to the top of the building. The fire they say started about 2 pm when the Minister of Education was holding his final meeting with the principals of the 104 Federal Unity schools. It is feared that the fire started in the finance department of the Ministry of Education . There were efforts from various agencies of government including NEMA, FRSC, Army and the police who made efforts to organise the people to mitigate the situation.
The equipment of the fire service of the Federal service and the FCT fire service seemed inadequate for a building of that height. They had problem with their ladders and other equipment and the fire service workers did not meet any equipment in the building to assist their work. They were finally able to put the fire out.
“IPOB is being sponsored by those I will call the Coalition of the politically disgruntled and the treasury looters. They believe that by sponsoring this group to destabilize the country and trigger chaos, they will realize their ambition of escaping justice and then be free to dip their hands into the nation’s treasury again.”
-Lai Mohammed(Nigeria’s Information Minister on IPOB)
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