Tragedy struck in Niger State Government as fire razed the office of the Permanent Secretary as a result of electrical fault.
Benco News learnt that the fire outbreak started at 12:30pm when the affected office was under renovation and it took more than 15 minutes before the situation could be put under control by men from theState Fire Service.
Workers inside the government house were seen running helter-skelter before fire workers from the state fire service arrived with three fire fighting trucks.
It was gathered that office equipment, valuables, and sensitive documents were destroyed in the fire incident.
Malam Salihu Bello, the Deputy Controller in the Niger State Fire Service, who spoke to newsmen at the scene of the fire, said that the quick intervention of the firefighters helped in reducing the damages.
He said that lack of fire fighting truck in the government house was not intentional as arrangement were on to station a fire fighting truck in there, “We have our personal stationed here to respond to any emergency,” he said.
Bello said that the fire fighting trucks used to put out the fire were brought from the various fire service stations in Minna. However, Mrs. Mary Berje, the Chief Press Secretary to the Niger Governor, while reacting to the incident in a statement, said that the fire fighting trucks in government house were taken out for routine maintenance.