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Fire wreaks havoc in Idanre, Abuja NIS office

By Olusola Alatise


Property worth millions of naira were destroyed by early morning inferno at Odode-Idanre last Saturday when a building was completely razed.
The building, a four-bedroom flat with another four rooms attached occupied by the owner and two tenants is located at Irepodun Zone, Apejo area of Odode-Idanre
The fire incident, according to sources started around 8.20am on the fateful day, just immediately after electricity was restored.
All the occupants of the building were said to have left for work, hence , nobody could precisely ascertain the cause of the inferno.
Though no life was lost, the fire did not spare anything in the house.
Efforts of the sympathisers to quench the fire proved abortive and everything was consumed before the arrival of fire service men from Akure
The owner of the house, Mr Ayo Adegoke said all what he had worked for in life was destroyed in a day as he said he could not ascertain what really led to the outbreak.
According to him, all efforts to put out the fire failed as they watched helplessly while the fire brought down the building.
Meanwhile, Mr Adegoke, a farmer and driver has pleaded with government to assist him and his two tenants who lost valuables to the fire.
In a similar development, the headquarters of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) along the Nnamdi Azikiwe Airport Road, Abuja was on Sunday gutted by fire, burning some vital documents in some offices.
A source close to the incidence told our correspondent that it will take the grace of God to retrieve some of the official documents affected by the fire incident.
The service has, however confirmed the fire incident through its twitter handle, @nigimmigration, saying the inferno affected some of its offices.
It however added that the fire was put out by operatives of its own fire station with assistance from sister-organizations around the airport.
“A fire incident occurred in our Service Headquarters this Morning. It affected some of our Offices.
“The fire has been put out by our Federal Fire Station and support from other agencies around the Airport.
“The cause of the fire is being investigated. We assure the public that the incident will not in any way affect the discharge of our services”, the NIS tweeted.
Earlier before the confirmation, a source, who is a senior officer of the service told our correspondent on phone that “the offices affected by the fire were critical to the smooth running of operation at the NIS headquarters. And it will take the grace of God to retrieve the burnt documents.”

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