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Pandemonium as fire razes EFCC’s Lagos office

EFCC Lagos Office on Fire

Waziri Orders Probe Into Fire Incident in Lagos Office

By Albert AKPOR
LAGOS- PANDEMONIUM broke out Tuesday at the Awolowo road, Ikoyi Lagos,  head office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, after in the early hours of fire razed down four offices belonging to the legal department; destroying important documents including computers of the anti-graft agency.
No life was lost and the monetary value of property destroyed could not be ascertained as at press time.
Sources said a thick smoke was noticed billowing out of some offices of around 10.45am and that the  thick smoke later turned into flames.

The cause of the fire could not be immediately ascertained but sources said it may not be unconnected with faulty electrical apparatus.

Workers who were at the premises at the time of the inferno scampered for safety watching helplessly as it raged on.

Remains of the Legal department of the EFCC in Lagos after an Inferno

But the nearby fire brigade office on Awolowo road Ikoyi  was promptly contacted and was able to salvage the situation.

As at 12.30pm when Vanguard visited the agency’s office, fire fighters were still seen at the scene frantically ensuring that it did not spread to adjoining offices.

The anti-corruption agency’s Lagos spokes person, Mr. Wilson Uwujaren,  while reacting to the inferno,  dismissed any foul play in connection with the early morning inferno,  saying however, that “nobody can say exactly the cause of the fire now.

Continuing, Mr. Uwujaren maintained that during the inferno, power was being generated from  a generating set, adding “all we saw, was smoke coming out from some offices and we immediately contacted the Awolowo road office of the fire brigade and the officials came and put out the fire.

Nobody was hurt and we are yet to determine the extent of damage.”

Waziri Orders Probe Into Fire Incident in Lagos Office

Chairman of the the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Mrs. Farida Waziri has ordered a probe into a fire incident in the Lagos Office of the Commission.
A statement by the anti-graft agency on Tuesday May 4, 2010 states that after being briefed on the incident, the Chairman said that though not much damage was done to the affected facility, she had to ask for a probe of the incident to be able to establish the cause of the fire.

At about 11:30 am today, Tuesday, three out of the 13 offices occupied by the legal unit in our Awolowo road, Ikoyi, Lagos office were affected by a fire outbreak that reportedly started in one of the offices.

It is however gratifying that the fire was quickly put out through the prompt intervention of men of the fire service in Ikoyi before it could spread to other offices where sensitive case files are kept.

Members of the public are therefore assured that our case files are safe and secure.


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