28 December 2012

Nigeria: Fire at Obasanjo's House in Abeokuta

Photo: Vanguard
The former president's home on fire.

Abeokuta — A section of the multimillion naira mansion of former President Olusegun Obasanjo in Abeokuta in Ogun State capital was yesterday gutted by fire.

No life was lost, but documents relating to the private and official duties of the former president were burnt. Also, a staff had minor injury while making frantic move to save the situation.

The fire, which started 4pm from office of Principal Secretary to the former president, threw panic and confusion for about an hour before the prompt intervention of the men of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC).

The Nigeria Police Force (NPF), State Security Service and close friends of the president battled to contain the fire from spreading to other parts of the sprawling estate. The state director of the SSS was seen with stained cloth apparently got from the inferno.

The fire, it was gathered, started 20 minutes after Obasanjo had left the residence for his former residence at Ita Eko area. He reportedly rushed back to the house and did not come out till the fire was completely put out.

The incident was traced to electricity power surge and also damaged the rooftop and some decorations used for the Xmas celebration.

His wife, Mrs. Bola Obasanjo and children, including Oba and Funke and some grand children were seen outside the compound remunerating over the fire outbreak.

Reacting to the fire, Obasanjo described the fire as a "minor" incident. He said "I hope that we can all see that it was not the whole building that was burnt by fire. It is just the office of my secretary and we thank God for everything. Ile Obasanjo to jo e wa lo bu si," meaning - The fire incident will only add beauty to Obasanjo's house.

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