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Nigeria lost N32bn properties to fire in 2020 – FFS

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  • FG to build fire stations in 109 senatorial districts

The Federal Government is set to establish fire stations in all the 109 senatorial districts in the country, Controller General (CG), Federal Fire Service (FFS), Mr Ibrahim Liman, has said.

He stated this during a press conference on Tuesday, in Abuja, adding that the country lost properties worth N32.12 billion to fire incidents in 2020.

According to him, a technical group to assess oil tank farm safety and management has also been established, with a view to mitigate disasters arising from oil tank farm explosions, especially in the South -West and South-South.

Liman disclosed that the service saved 1,453 lives and property worth N1.35 trillion in 2020 as it responded to 3, 555 fire calls.

Public and government buildings recorded 543 incidents, while private dwellings recorded 1,382 fire incidents during the period under review, he added.

He said, “Some other affected areas were educational establishments, shops, hotels, event centres and others.

“About 574 fire incidents were caused by faulty electrical equipment, 246 by power surges, 51 by candles, 181 by cigarette stubs and bush fires, 404 by accident and arson, as well as several other causes.”

He further disclosed that the agency planned to purchase additional 89 fire fighting trucks made up of 44 water tenders, 15 ambulances, 15 water tankers and 15 rapid intervention vehicles.

He said, “We discovered that it is necessary to extend our operations from the state headquarters to the Senatorial Districts, so that we can be closer to the people, because the closer we are, the better our response time.

“The moment we start taking delivery of these vehicles, we will now identify some Senatorial Districts that are more prone to disasters and then we will deploy our men and trucks. But we will pick them state by state.

“We must touch every state. The first number of trucks is 44 and we have 36 states. So, we will identify one from each of the states and send the vehicle there. When the next batch of trucks comes, we will continue with the plan until we are able to cover the 109 Senatorial Districts in the country.”

He said the agency in 2020 inaugurated and deployed 36 state-of-the-art fire fighting trucks across the six geo-political zones to complement the operations of State Fire Services and reduce response time to fire and other related emergencies.

He said the service also collaborated with the Federal Ministry of Environment to train 750 personnel on COVID-19 response strategies and participated in decontamination and disinfection of government offices, schools, markets, streets, churches, mosques and recreation centres across the country.

Other achievements, he added, were the “establishment of eight National Fire Data Repository Centres (NPDRC) across the six geo-political zones of the country to enhance speedy response to emergency calls.

He also cited the “deployment of fire fighter’s tunic worth N6.5m to Bauchi and Kebbi state governments; and synergizing with the Ministry of Communication and Digital Economy to improve and integrate the Service communication with 112 (emergency toll number).”

Liman, who lamented the continued attacks on firefighters by mobs at fire scenes, said the service had concluded arrangement with the Police and the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC ) to provide armed personnel to secure scenes of fire incidents, for unhindered operation of fire fighters.

He said, “In most cases, our men are attacked when they respond to fire outbreak or other emergencies. We have records of this from the Nyanya (FCT) axis. We have stopped our men from responding to fire calls from that area until the community leaders are able to call their people to order.

“We have also engaged the Police and the NSCDC to provide cover for our men and equipment during emergencies.”

On funding, the CG said, “There is a section of the National Insurance Commission Act that says they should give certain percentage to the fire service, not to the Federal Fire Service, but the fire services at the federal, states and local governments.

“So, we are engaging the management of NAICOM to ensure that the money is released for the maintenance of our fire trucks and for capacity building.”

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Sexual assault: Baba Ijesha granted N500,000 bail

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A Chief Magistrate, Oluwatoyin Oghre, on Monday granted a Nollywood actor, Olanrewaju James aka Baba Ijesha, bail.
in the sum of N500,000.
His lawyer, Adesina Ogunlana, confirmed this on Monday, saying, “He has been granted bail about one hour ago. We are working to perfect the bail. He was granted bail on health grounds.
“He has not been released. He will be released after his bail conditions have been met.”
Baba Ijesha was arrested on April 22, for allegedly sexually molesting a minor and remained in police detention due to the ongoing strike embarked on by the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria.
Lagos State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Moyosore Onigbanjo, SAN, had on May 4, noted that after due consideration of the case file forwarded to the Directorate of Public Prosecution by the police on April 30, 2021, a prima facie case was established against Baba Ijesha.
Onigbanjo stated that Baba Ijesha would be charged with sexual assault and defilement under the provisions of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.
The AG also hinted that the suspect would be charged under Section 135, with indecent treatment of a child punishable by seven years imprisonment; Section 137, defilement of a child, punishable by life imprisonment; Section 261, sexual assault by penetration punishable by life imprisonment; Section 262, attempted sexual assault by penetration, punishable by 14 years imprisonment and Section 263, sexual assault punishable by three years’ imprisonment.

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2 cops killed, Imo police station, vehicles burnt in fresh attack

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Gunmen have killed two policemen in Ubakala Divisional Police Station in Umuahia, Abia State, after setting the station ablaze.
The gunmen were said to have attacked the station with explosives in the early hours of Monday and two of the policemen drafted to quel the station were killed.
The attackers also set ablaze all the vehicles on the premises.

Spokesman for the Police Command in Abia, SP Godfrey Ogbonna, confirmed the incident, adding that the hoodlums attacked the station just after midnight with explosives.
According to him, the operatives, who were deployed to reinforce security at the station, tried to repel the assailants.
“In the process, we lost two of our men,” he said, pointing out that the number of the attackers had yet to be ascertained.
The attack was said to have caused serious panic among residents of the community.
Gunmen have recently carried out attacks on police stations in Aba, Isialangwa, Uzuakoli and Nkporo.
They also attacked the offices of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency and Independent National Electoral Commission in Ohafia.

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Niger communities excited as soldiers return to Bassa, Allawa

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Excited villagers on Saturday welcomed the return of soldiers to Bassa and Allawa towns in the Shiroro Local Government Area of Niger State after a month of their quitting the area due to invasion of their camps by bandits.
The armed soldiers came in about 100 camouflage vehicles to begin a special operation in the area.
The return of the soldiers followed a series of meetings between the new General Officer Commanding (GOC), 1 Mechanised Division of the Nigerian Army, Kaduna, Maj-Gen. Danjuma Hamisu Ali-Keffi, the state government and other stakeholders in the state.
The military camps in Allawa and Bassa in the Shiroro Local Government of the state were shut down last month after bandits numbering about 100 invaded the Security Joint Taskforce camps in the two towns, killing 12 soldiers, burning the camps and some operational vehicles.
Another camp at Zagzaga in the Munya Local Government was also sacked a few days later during which one RSM was kidnapped and found dead three days after.
A senator representing Niger East Senatorial zone in the National Assembly, Alhaji Sani Musa, said, “It is a welcome development and a great relief to the people it should be sustained.
“The return of soldiers is a great relief for my people, and I want to thank and commend President Muhammadu Buhari and the military for the return of the soldiers.
“I will equally want to appeal to them to hasten the return of soldiers to other communities to enable the people go back to their homes to continue their farming business.”

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