There has been a fire outbreak at the Jos branch of the Central Bank of Nigeria in Plateau State.
The fire, which broke out on Tuesday, April 21, has been brought under control, the CBN revealed via its official Twitter account.
A statement signed by the Bank’s Director of Corporate Communications, Isaac Okorafor, indicated that at about 9.15 a.m., on Tuesday, April 21, 2020, the fire alarm in CBN Jos Branch was triggered and in line with the Bank’s fire drill and protocol, the skeletal staff on essential duty were promptly evacuated from the building to the muster point.
Okorafor further stated that the Branch Controller quickly called the Fire Service at about 9.19 a.m and noted that before their arrival, the Bank’s security staff, relying on information from the Fire Alarm Dashboard, traced the fire to an air conditioner installed in the inverter room on the second floor of the building.
The staff swiftly put out the fire with extinguishers and hydrants installed in the building.
The affected room has since been cordoned off for further investigation, while normal work has resumed at the branch, Okorafor stated.
He assured the general public that the minor fire has been effectively put out and no damage was done to any records of the Bank.
The fire at CBN is the latest in the series of fire outbreaks that have hit key government offices in the country in recent days.
On April 8, there was a fire at the Treasury House, a building housing the Accountant General of the Federation’s office. A week after that, there was another fire outbreak at the headquarters of the Corporate Affairs Commission. Days after that, the Independent National Electoral Commission’s office in Abuja also went up in flames days after.
Below are reactions from Twitter users to the latest fire incident.
An early morning fire on Tuesday razed part of Atakumosa Central Market , Adeti, Ilesha and destroyed goods worth millions of naira .
The inferno which started around 1 am affected several shops located at the entrance of the market but was later subdued through the combined efforts of the police and firemen .
Administrative Officer of Osun State Fire Service , Fatai Aremu , told our correspondent that despite early response to the distress call , barriers at the entrance of the affected shops did not allow the firemen access.
Aremu said the damage caused by the fire incident was severe , as he claimed that the cause of the incident had not been ascertained.
Osun Police Command, while reacting , said men were deployed in the scene of the incident to prevent looting immediately it was informed of the inferno .
The command spokesperson , Folasade Odoro, told our correspondent that no life but confirmed that several shops were razed .
She said the command got informed of the incident and mobilised to the scene around 1 : 20 am , adding that the cause of the fire had not been known .
Oyo State Governor Seyi Makinde on Saturday disclosed that he received with sadness news of the fire incident at Aperin market in Ibadan, the state capital.
Naijaparry reports that Makinde, in a statement issued by his Chief Press Secretary, Taiwo Adisa, sympathised with victims of the fire incident, saying that his government would get to the root of the sad incident.
Governor Makinde affirmed that his government would support the victims of the incident, adding that the government would not abandon them to their fate.
The statement read: “I sympathise with the market men and women who lost their valuables to the fire incident at Aperin market.
”It saddens me to hear this is happening at a time we are putting heads together to expand the economy of this state and put more money in the pockets of our people.
“It is particularly painful that the incident happened in the dead of the night and that many shops that were recently stocked were affected. Please take heart as we take measures to forestall such occurrences.”
The governor promised to get to the bottom of the fire incident, adding that devastating fire incidents of such extent will not be allowed to happen anywhere in the state again.
“Let me assure market leaders, market men and women, especially those affected by the Aperin fire incident to rest assured that the government of Oyo State will not abandon them to their fate at this time.
“We will not only unravel the cause of the fire but will also ensure we do what is within our powers to support the victims of that incident,” he said.