- A section of the Supreme Court building in Abuja was gutted by fire on Monday, September 25
- Reports have it that the fire engulfed a side of the judges’ chamber in the wake of the final judgment filed against Bola Tinubu's election victory
- Just like the apex court, a number of government offices in Abuja have experienced fire outbreaks
FCT, Abuja - On Monday, September 25, a fire outbreak occurred at the Supreme Court in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
The cause of the inferno was unknown as of the time of filing this report, but a source at the Federal Fire Service said firefighters were at the scene.
The fire incident is the latest of many that have affected government offices in Abuja.
This article presents a list of government buildings that have been destroyed by fire;
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1. Fire guts Nigerian Air Force Base
On Wednesday, May 10, a fire gutted some buildings within the Nigerian Air Force Base along Airport Road in the Federal Capital Territory.
The cause of the fire outbreak that gutted the military base beside the Nigerian Correctional Service National Headquarters was unknown as of press time.
2. Fire at Ministry of Finance building
A fire outbreak on Wednesday, February 23, 2022, gutted part of a building at the Federal Ministry of Finance in the Central Business District, Abuja.
The spokesperson of the Ministry of Finance, Olajide Oshundun, disclosed that the fire was put out with fire fighting equipment within twenty minutes, and the effect was minor as it only affected the basement of the ministry.
3. Nigerian Postal Service gutted by fire
The headquarters of the Nigerian Postal Service was gutted by fire in May 2020.
The fire incident, which happened on Wednesday, May 20, affected the human resources department on the second floor, The Punch reported.
The Postmaster General of the Federation and Chief Executive Officer of NIPOST, Ismail Adewusi, confirmed the incident.
4. Fire outbreak at Accountant-General payment processing department
Officials said a massive fire of unknown origin ripped through Nigeria’s treasury office in April 2020, destroying two key departments, including the one that processes consolidated revenue sharing amongst the three tiers of government.
PremiumTimes reported the development on April 8, 2020 and confirmed that at least two key offices were razed by the inferno before it was put out.
Nigeria lost N5.5 trillion to fire disasters in five years
Meanwhile, in 2018, Daily Trust reported that the Federal Fire Service said Nigeria lost about N5.5 trillion to various fire disasters across the country in the past five years while assuring the public that the disasters would soon become a thing of the past with the acquisition of about 40 new fire fighting trucks after about 30 years.
Assistant Controller General Quisqus Azagu, representing Anebi, said:
“For the past five years we have lost over N5.5 trillion to fire disasters in Nigeria. It is huge and quite significant. When there is fire, apart from losses from the properties, there is also loses in income, there is loss of lives, and there is also loss in suppression of fire."
Fire guts Kebbi TCN transmission substation, a day after national grid collapse in Kainji
About a day after the inferno at Kainji station in Niger state led to a nationwide blackout, the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN's) substation in Kebbi state was gutted by fire.
The immediate cause of the fire remains unknown.
Some residents of the area where TCN is located behind Mechanic Village in Birnin Kebbi metropolis said they heard a loud bang followed by thick fire and smoke from a section of the electric installations around 12:32 a.m. on Friday, September 15.
APC spokesperson reveals what will happen to Peter Obi, Atiku at Supreme Court
Meanwhile, Wasiu Olawale Sadare, the spokesman of the Oyo state All Progressives Congress (APC), has predicted the outcome of the Supreme Court judgement in the case filed by Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Labour Party (LP) flagbearer, Peter Obi against Bola Tinubu's victory.
Mr Sadare, in a chat with Legit.ng on Sunday, September 16, disclosed that Atiku and Obi have no genuine case against Tinubu.
According to him, the presidential hopefuls are only in court to get more support. Hence, Tinubu will defeat them.
"Very soon, the Supreme Court will lay everything to rest and it would be clear to them that Tinubu is the rightful owner of the mandate he is enjoying," Mr Sadare stated.