The Managing Director of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), Saleh Dunoma, is to appear before a police team investigating the Tuesday fire that gutted some offices at the FAAN headquarters in Lagos.
Dunoma made the disclosure while briefing newsmen after inspecting the damage caused by the fire which affected some offices at the headquarters earlier in the day.
The incident also caused heavy vehicular traffic around the airport and its environs for several hours.
Dunoma said the police was carrying out an investigation on the incident, and FAAN had also constituted a separate panel to look into the causes of the fire.
According to him, both investigations are going on concurrently.“Police investigation is necessary because under the constitution, they are allowed to investigate such incidents.
An early morning fire outbreak yesterday razed down some offices at the headquarters of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) in Lagos. The fire incident which started at about 9am Tuesday escalated into several offices affected some of the offices in the agency’s head office.
Due to the location of FAAN headquarters, vehicles found in extremely difficult to pass through to either come in from or move away to Ikeja. The traffic snarl crippled activities at the Murtala Muhammed Airport, causing massive traffic build-up along the Ikeja –Agege expressway for almost an hour.
Motorists therefore, faced a harrowing experience in accessing the airports as men of the FAAN fire services fought frantically to put out the fire. Although, the fire was put under control completely after some time, LEADERSHIP gathered that FAAN is already investigating the matter, so as to get to the root of the incident.
An official statement issued shortly after the incident signed by the Ag General manager, Corporate Affairs, Mrs. Henrietta Yakubu stated that ” The fire department, in collaboration with the Lagos State Fire Department and other security agencies however responded swiftly by curtailing the spread of the fire, as normalcy is being restored already.”
Update of FAAN Fire incident
The Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria, FAAN, says the fire incident that occurred at its headquarters on Monday did not affect air operations.
The report of the fire incident at the headquarters in Lagos, Tuesday.
The cause of the fire incident, which affected some of the agency’s offices, is yet to be known.
But Henrietta Yakubu, Acting General Manager, Corporate Affairs, FAAN, said the incident is being investigated.
“The incident is being investigated right now to find out the cause of the outbreak,” she said in a statement Tuesday Morning.
“The fire department, in collaboration with the Lagos State Fire Department and other security agencies however responded swiftly by curtailing the spread of the fire, as normalcy is being restored already.”
A staff of the agency who spoke to PREMIUM TIMES on condition of anonymity said the fire affected “some important parts of the (headquarters) building”.
The source, however, said the cause is still unknown.Mrs. Yakubu, on her part, however, assured travellers that operations at the Lagos airport continues without hindrance, adding that investigations are ongoing to uncover the cause of the outbreak.
“The Authority will like to assure travellers, airport users and the general public that the incident did not affect operations at any airport in any way as normal operations continue unhindered,” she said.