- President Buhari has mourned the death of 14 persons at an IDPs camp in Borno state
- The ugly incident happened on Thursday, April 16
- Former vice president Atiku Abubakar also expressed sadness over the incident
President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed sadness over the fire incident that killed at least 14 people at an Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camp in Borno state.
Channels TV reports that the incident, which occurred on the evening of Thursday, April 16, in Ngala local government area of the state, also left many others injured.
Legit.ng gathered that the circumstances that led to the inferno have yet to be ascertained.
The casualty figure was confirmed by presidential aide Garba Shehu in a statement.
“President Muhammadu Buhari Thursday evening described as ‘extremely horrifying’, the news of the death of 14 persons and injury to many from a fire incident at an IDP camp in Ngala, Borno state,” the statement read.
The president who mourned the victims ordered the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management, and Social Development to investigate the incident.
He also asked the ministry to report the circumstances that led to the incident and advise on how a future occurrence would be averted.
President Buhari directed that urgently needed assistance be immediately given to the victims and prayed to Allah for the repose of the souls of those whose lives were lost.
He also wished the injured persons quick recovery.
In his reactions, the former vice president and presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) during the 2019 elections, Atiku Abubakar, said he was sad when he heard about the incident at Borno IDPs camp.
He said: "The loss of over a dozen lives in a fire at the IDP camp in Ngala, Borno State, leaving scores injured and hundreds homeless makes me sad. May the souls of the deceased rest in peace. I hope that help will be expedited for the injured and homeless."
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that the Federal Fire Service (FFS) said it successfully extinguished the fire outbreak at the office of the Accountant General of the Federation (AGF).
It was reported that the FFS's public relation’s office in a post on its official Facebook page showed the building and its officials as well as their fire fighting trucks in current pictures.
It was earlier reported that the office of the accountant-general of the federation was up in flames. The building tagged “Treasury House” is located beside the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) police command in the Garki area of Abuja, the nation's capital.
The cause of the fire was not immediately known even as workers are currently at home observing the lockdown directive.
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