Abuja, Nigeria – The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has announced that the fire incident at the Jet A-1 fuel dump located within NAF Base in Abuja has been contained. The Director of Public Relations and Information, Air Commodore Ayodele Famuyiwa, released a statement on Wednesday confirming that the fire was reported at approximately 8am.
Reports from Wowplus.net suggest that an explosion rocked the Nigerian Air Force fuel storage facility, which led to the fire incident. Famuyiwa explained that the fire caused the fuel tanks to explode, but was put out by firemen from the Federal Airports Authority, Federal Capital Territory Administration, Federal Fire Service, and NAF.
He added that “it is gratifying to note that no life was lost in the incident. However, investigations have been instituted to unravel the immediate and remote causes of the fire incident.” Famuyiwa also revealed that the fuel facility was owned and operated by Messer Geometrics Synergy Services Limited under a Build, Operate and Transfer ownership agreement.
NAF expressed gratitude to the Federal Road Safety Corps and the Nigerian Security and Civil Defense Corps, who were at the scene to offer necessary assistance. The incident has raised concerns about safety measures at fuel storage facilities in the country and the need for stricter regulations to prevent similar incidents from occurring.
The NAF fire incident is not the first of its kind in Nigeria. In 2019, a similar incident occurred at a fuel station in Lagos, which claimed the lives of several individuals and caused significant damage to surrounding buildings. The incident led to calls for better safety measures and stricter regulations to prevent similar occurrences.
The Nigerian government has been urged to take decisive action to ensure the safety of citizens and prevent future incidents. Despite the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, it is essential that the government prioritizes safety and takes proactive measures to prevent disasters from occurring.
The NAF fire incident is a reminder of the need for increased investment in safety measures and the importance of enforcing regulations to prevent accidents. The Nigerian government must take responsibility for ensuring the safety of its citizens and work towards preventing future incidents.