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FG says no loss of life at Federal Secretariat’s fire incident

The Federal Government says, no life was lost in the fire incident which occurred at the Federal Secretariat (Federal Ministry of Education Wing) on Wednesday.

A statement signed by the Director Press, Federal Ministry of Education, Ben Bem Goong says, two of the affected staff in the incident who have been hospita ized at the Maitama General Hospital in Abuja are in stable condition and are responding to treatment.

The statement explains that six Directors of the Ministry who visited the victims at the Maitama General Hospital confirmed that the victims were not only coordinating well but were also articulate in their speeches.

Commenting on the cause of the fire incident, the Director said, preliminary investigation indicates that the fire incident may have been caused by a power surge, resulting to a spark from an air condition, which ignited the fire.

The statement notes that a Committee has been constituted with a view to investigate and determine the actual cause of the fire and to recommend measures to be taken to prevent similar incidents in future.

On reports that two fire incidents occurred almost simultaneously at the Federal Secretariat, fueling speculations of sabotage, the Director said; the first incident occurred from an electrical malfunction of a car at the car park at the Federal Secretariat phase 1, adding that there is no Iink between the two incidents.

“Without prejudice to the work of the Committee, I would like to dispel speculations that there is an element of sabotage in the two incidents”  Goong said.

Daniel Adejo