Onitsha Fire: Fire Fighters Reveal Why Help Was Delayed
…….Urges Nigerians To Always Cooperate In Times Of Emergency
The Federal Fire Service (FFS) says a mob stopped its men from accessing the scene of Wednesday’s fire incident at Ochanja market in Onitsha, Anambra state.
The Controller-General, Federal Fire Service, Ibrahim Liman stated this to newsmen on Thursday through the FFS spokesman, Ugo Huan.
“The Federal Fire Service received a call about the fire outbreak around 2pm,”
“Our men immediately headed to the scene but it was not possible to contend with the heavy traffic at the Niger head bridge, coupled with the behaviour of an angry mob who pelted stones at them.
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“Thus, it was not possible for the firefighters to get to the scene of fight in such a hostile environment.”
Huan also said that Liman Ibrahim, controller general of the FFS, was deeply saddened by the incident, and has expressed his condolences to the victims and their families.
Further said the agency is committed to ensuring the safety of lives and properties in Nigeria.
The service is always ready to respond to fire outbreaks and other emergencies across the nation,” he said.
The spokesman appealed to the public to show support and cooperation in times of emergencies.