The Federal Fire Service has condemned attacks on its Dei-Dei Area Fire Station by a mob following Wednesday’s Dei-Dei Building Material Market Unrest.
Speaking with Journalists in Abuja the FFS Public Relations Officer, PRO, Mr Abraham Paul noted that the attack by hoodlums led to the destruction of a section of the building housing the Fire Station, firefighting trucks and other equipment.
According to the PRO, Controller General of The Service, Alhaji Jaji Abdulganiyu, condemned the attack while assuring that men of the FSS are determined to safeguard lives and property.
The CG said “Firefighters have a statutory duty to protect lives and property even in the face of obvious danger” And It is unacceptable to carry out attacks on the gallant men and women who at the expense of their lives turned out with a determination to put under control a self-induced fire”
“No Nigerian has the right to take laws into his or her hands talk more of vandalizing firefighting equipment or threatening firemen and tampering with private property,” the CG said.
The FSS PRO who was explaining why the station was attacked, observed that the mob attacked the fire station which is not located in the market area after the station received a phone call from the market association’s Chairman regarding the arson and men of the service promised to be at the scene once security operatives who were already on their way are on ground to protect firemen”
He said, “while the firemen were on standby waiting for the arrival of security operatives, a mob approached the fire station and began attacking firefighters who were ready to be deployed”
He however said despite the attack the firemen still moved to the chaotic scene to put the fire under control with the presence of security operatives.
The spokesman stated, that the CG commended the gallant firefighters for their bravery which went a long way in saving lives and property worth billions of naira from the inferno.
The Controller General also sympathised with persons who got injured during the market crisis.
Reporting by Halima Idris; Editing by Abdullahi Lamino