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Presidency clarifies Aso Rock’s fire incident

To put the records straight, the  Presidency yesterday clarified issues over the fire incident that occurred  at the Aso Rock, Abuja, the seat of the Federal Government.

In a statement, the Senior Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, said  the fire incident occurred outside the Villa’s perimeter, precisely in the area between the Villa and the Barracks, towards Asokoro.

He added that however, the  Federal Fire Service had been directed to ascertain the cause of the fire incident.

The statement reads: “People in the country and even abroad have been expressing concerns over reports of a fire incident in Aso Rock Villa, the seat of the Nigerian government.

“I would like to clarify that there was no fire inside the Presidential Villa.

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“In the evening of Saturday, March 6, a fire broke out burning shrubs between the outer wire fence and walls surrounding the Villa, precisely in the area between the Villa and the Barracks, towards Asokoro.

“The fire, as being speculated, might have started from a passerby dropping a burning cigarette. The Federal Fire Service will ascertain the reason for it when they complete their investigation.

“It suffices to say that this bush fire, which started and ended outside the perimeter walls of the Villa, was seamlessly contained by fire stations of the State House and the one nearby from the Federal Fire Service. No loss of life, no loss whatsoever to building and property was recorded.

“We thank well-meaning Nigerians for expressed concern”

It would be recalled that recently, the Army headquarters in Abuja  was gutted by fire , an incident the military described as a minor electrical fault in one of its rooms.

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