Lagos - The Commissioner of Police, Lagos State, Mr Fatai
Owoseni, has redeployed about 100 policemen to the premises of the Nigerian
Breweries Plc, Iganmu, Lagos where an early morning fire razed a part of the
company’s premises on Sunday.
Owoseni told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the
deployment was meant to give adequate security cover to the company.
The Police Commissioner explained that the policemen were
deployed to hold back some miscreants who wanted to take advantage of the
situation to enter into the company’s premises.
“There is a fire incidence at the Nigerian Breweries but the
fire did not affect the operational areas of the company.
“It affected only the isolated areas where the company keeps
empty bottles and cartons, as well as expired drinks,’’ Owoseni said.
A staff of the Breweries, who pleaded anonymity, said that
he rushed to the company’s premises upon learning of the incident.
He said that no one could state the actual cause of the
fire, adding that “presently, it is still burning and you can see that the fire
service personnel are still battling to put off the inferno”.
He recalled that the fire was `very heavy’ in the morning
hours, but that it had subsided significantly, following onslaughts by
firefighters from the Lagos State Fire Service.
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Mr Razak Fadipe, Director, Lagos State Fire Service, told
NAN that the fire started at about 5.30 a.m.
He explained that the Lagos State Fire Service immediately
mobilised five fire engines to the company premises, with support from Julius
Berger, the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), the United Bank for Africa and
“As we speak, we are still battling the fire to contain its
spread. We have been able to do that though. I can confirm that nobody is
injured in the incident and that there is no loss of life.
Meanwhile, a section of the company’s fence bordering the
Iganmu Interchange collapsed during the incident.
Hundreds of miscreants invaded the area but police personnel
from the Area ‘C’ Command, Surulere and nearby formations were able to contain
The actual cause of the fire could not be immediately
ascertained as at the time of this report.
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