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Onitsha Fire Tragedy: Our Men Were Refused Access To The Scene - FFS CG

ABUJA, NIGERIA - A declaration was on Thursday (today) made by the Controller-General (CG), Federal Fire Service (FFS), Ibrahim Liman, that men of the FFS were prevented from gaining access to the scene of the fuel tanker explosion that rocked Onitsha, the Anambra State capital on Wednesday (yesterday) by mob who he said also attacked the firefighters.

Ibrahim Liman also expressed sadness as a result of the tanker explosion that occurred at Ochanja Market, Onitsha, Anambra State, wherein many lives were lost and scores of property destroyed.

According to a statement issued by Ugo Huan, the FFS spokesman, Ibrahim Liman explained that the firemen at Asaba, Delta State, left for the market immediately they received directives from the Abuja control room, but were stuck in heavy traffic at the Niger Bridge.

Ibrahim Liman said: “The Federal Fire Service received a call about the fire outbreak at around 2:00 p.m. 

"The control room at the headquarters in Abuja immediately turned out the nearest Federal Fire Service station at Asaba, Delta State, to attend to the fire.

“Our men immediately headed to the scene, but it was not possible to contend with the heavy traffic at the Niger Bridge and behaviour of a mob who pelted them with stones. 

"Thus, it was not possible for the firefighters to get to the scene and fight the fire in such a hostile environment.”

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