Minister vows to probe Next Cash and Carry Supermarket fire incident

December 27, 2021
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 TOYIN ADEBAYO;JIDE OYEKUNLE

ABUJA – The Minister of the Feder­al Capital Territory (FCT), Malam Muhammad Musa Bello, has assured that a thorough investigation will be conducted to ascer­tain the cause of the fire incident that occurred at the Next Cash and Carry supermarket, along Ahma­du Bello Way, Kado-Kuchi area of Jahi-Kado Express­way in Abuja on Sunday.

The minister, who ex­pressed shock and deep sadness over the fire inci­dent, commiserated with the management and staff of the supermarket and the FCT business community.

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The minister in a state­ment made available to news­men in Abuja by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Anthony Ogunleye, commended the FCT Fire Service, the Federal Fire Service, the Fire Service Departments of the Nigerian Navy, Air Force, Guards Bri­gade and Julius Berger Nig. Plc that responded with their fire-fighting equipment.

He equally commended the FCT FEMA, the Nation­al Emergency Management Agency, security agencies and other responders for their efforts in containing the blaze.

It would be recalled that goods worth billions of nai­ra were destroyed in a fire outbreak that engulfed the Next Cash and Carry Super­market building in Jahi area of Abuja.

Fire fighters from differ­ent commands came to the rescue to contain the inferno.

Speaking to newsmen, Di­rector, FCT Emergency Man­agement Agency (FEMA), Forecasting Response Mitiga­tion, Mrs. Florence Wenegi­eme, said the agency received a distress call about 9:45a.m, and a team was sent to the location.

An eyewitnesses said when the fire started, there was no fire service around for almost an hour as the fire ser­vice facilities in the shopping mall developed fault.

No casualty was, however, recorded yet as the fire start­ed just before the mall opened for business after the Christ­mas day holiday on Saturday.

However, there were at­tempts to loot the supermar­ket while it was on fire.

Josephine Adeh, FCT Po­lice Spokesperson, said: “The suspects who made attempts to cart away goods from the store and were promptly ar­rested include (1) Ali Audu, aged 18 years; (2) Yahaya Yunusa, aged 20 years; and (3) Sahabi Abubakar, aged 20 years.”

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