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How 3 government buildings got burnt within 10 days

Since March 25, 2020 when President Mohammadu Buhari authorised the lockdown of Lagos and Ogun states, as well as the Federal Capital Territory, mysterious infernos have engulfed three prominent government agencies.

Before the fire at INEC, on April 8, there was fire had engulfed the Treasury House, which is the headquarters of the Office of the Accountant-General of the Federation.The cause of the fire, which started about 10 am, is yet to be known.

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It was gathered that as soon as the incident started, men of the Federal Fire Service were alerted to assist in putting out the fire.

They were later joined by officials of the National Emergency Management Agency, the Nigeria Police and the Abuja Environmental Protection Board.

The FCT Police Commissioner, Bala Ciroma, who briefed newsmen at the scene of the incident, said an investigation into the cause of the fire had commenced.

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The Senate Committee chairman on Finance, Senator Solomon Olamilekan confirmed that no sensitive document was destroyed during the fire outbreak

Exactly one week after the headquarters of the Office of the Accountant-General of the Federation was gutted by fire, there was another fire incident at the headquarters of the Corporate Affairs Commission.

The fire, according to sources, occurred on Wednesday morning at the six-storey building located in Maitama, Abuja.

The Registrar-General of the CAC, Alhaji Garba Abubakar, confirmed the fire incident, but said that there was no loss of document or lives during the fire outbreak.

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Abubakar said that as soon as the fire was noticed, men of the Federal Fire Service were quickly mobilised to put it out. He said, “There was a minor fire incident at the CAC which was quickly extinguished by the men of the fire service.

Due to the frequency of these fire outbreaks that the main opposition political party in the country, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) called for a probe. PDP said that it was alarmed over the recent spate of fire outbreaks at key Federal Government agencies and departments, particularly in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

The party expressed shock over the disquieting fire disaster at the head office of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Abuja, in which valuable equipment and documents related to electoral and political party monitoring were destroyed.

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The statement averred, “Our party is deeply worried and hopes that this spate of fire outbreaks is not a coordinated design by sinister elements against demands for due process and accountability in our country, as already being insinuated in the public space.”

The PDP, therefore, restated its demand for a forensic investigation into the fire outbreaks in the Office of the Accountant General of the Federation, the CAC and INEC, as the spate of occurrence has become alarming.

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