A section of the office of Governor Ibikunle Amosun
at Okemosan, Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital,
southwest Nigeria, was gutted by fire Monday.
The fire destroyed computers and other office
But for the timely intervention of the men of the
Fire Service, the incident would have caused a
The incident, which occurred at about 12 noon
affected the old Protocol Officers’ office on the first
floor of the Governor’s Office.
It caused panic among workers who started
shouting and running away from their offices.
Fire service officials, our correspondent gathered,
arrived at about 12.35pm and entered the
Governor’s Office through the backyard before
gaining access to the scene of the fire and
succeded in putting it out.
Shortly after, the governor and other members of
his cabinet went to the scene to assess the extent
Smoke was still billowing during the visit of the
governor,which made most of them cover their
noses to avoid inhaling the smoke.
Addressing newsmen at the scene of the incident,
the Ogun State Head of Service, Mrs. Modupe
Adekunle said the fire outbreak was caused by
power surge from the independent power plant
which supplies electricity to the Governor’s Office
According to her, “it was a power surge from the
air conditioner. It (power) came suddenly. There
were some officers in that Office, so when they saw
it, they tried all means to put out the fire. The only
things affected there were just some set of
“The cause of the fire might be from the
Independent Power Supply or Public Power Supply
since we do not have generator there. But we
thank God that the damage was very minimal.”
Meanwhile, a statement by the office of the State
Ministry of Information and Strategy, which was
signed by the Commissioner, Alhaji Yussuph
Olaniyonu, thanked God that no life was lost.
He reirteratd government’s desire to ensure that
such incident does not happen again and advised
the staff to prevent such in future.
The statement reads in part,”….The governor has
ordered the Head of Service to ensure strict
compliance with the schedule of monthly fire drills
in all offices of various Ministries, Departments and
Agencies in the state.
“The exercise,according to the governor, will
enable all workers to familiarise themselves with
the use of the fire extinguishers which the
government had purchased. It will also enable the
workers know how to take appropriate preventive
measures when faced with emergency situations.
“The governor noted that the fact that God has
been kind to the state as it rarely experiences fire
incidents, demanded that people should be vigilant
and constantly get ready to act positively in case of