By Luka Binniyat
KADUNA — The Jama’atu Nasril Islam (JNI) declared yesterday that no person or group was responsible for the fire that burnt down its conference centre in Kaduna last Thursday night.
The denial came following plan by some youths to unleash violence in reaction to a rumour that the building was bombed ahead of today’s Presidential election.
Secretary General of JNI, Khalid Abubakar Aliyu told reporters yesterday, that the fire that gutted the multi-million conference hall was started by an electrical spark following power surge from the public power supply.
On the 27th March, about thirty minutes before the arrival of the President Jonathan Goodluck for a meeting with Northern Emirs at the multi-billion JNI Headquarters, there was panic at the same Conference Hall after an electrical spark in the ceiling started a small fire. But, the fire was promptly put out and everyone took his seat before the President arrived
Dr. Khalid said that after the President’s visit, the organization awarded contract to identify the problem and that the contractor completed the job last Wednesday.
The JNI scribe blamed Power Holding Company of Nigeria PHCN for the power upsurge, saying “it will cost us about N1 billion to fix the damage caused by this fire and I want to appealed to Muslim faithful to contribute to the repairs of this place”, he said.