.MTN, others escape unhurt
AMAECHI PERCY ONYEJEKWE, Awka
Fire has gutted the office of the NairaBet.com, an online sports betting company situated along Owerri Road, Nnewi, Anambra state.This is happening barely two weeks after the Onitsha fuel tanker fire disaster destroyed millions of naira worth of property in the commercial town.
According to sources, the fire which started at about noon, destroyed property worth over two million naira including office equipment, power generating sets, computers, among so many other valuable items in the place.
Eyewitness said the concerted effort of mobile policemen on patrol duty saved the three-storey building which houses MTN, Thermocool, churches and other business offices from being burnt as they fought the fire gallantly before the arrival of the men of the fire service.
A senior staff of MTN, Mr. Ikechukwu Tagbo, who thanked God that the fire missed the MTN facility in the place told Daily Champion that MTN fire- fighting equipment were used to fight the fire, adding that a mobile policeman defied the fire , zoomed into the NairaBet.com office and threw down a lot of equipment amidst the huge flame.
“It was a serious incident. Thank God our facility was not burnt. A mobile policeman ran upstairs , threw down some equipment . He did not mind the huge flame and thick smoke. Others joined hands. We gave our fire-fighting equipment to bring the inferno under control”, Tagbo said.
When our correspondent reached the scene of the incident, the fire had been brought under control. Many people were seen discussing the incident while some blamed the fire service for arriving late at the place.
In the NairaBet.com office the place was waterlogged and littered with burnt plastic chairs,two generating sets, among other things burnt beyond recognition.
A senior staff of the company who identified himself as Richards said he was tensed up and could not speak at the time of this report.
The cause of the fire was not known, however, sources think the fire might have been caused by faulty electrical wire at the changeover box in side the office of the sports betting company.
“It is a thing of joy to know that the top hierarchy of the police is very committed, judging by the arrest of the otherwise invincible leader of the notorious gangsters, ‘One Million Boys,’ in Ibadan.
“They had to trace those boys to Lagos to arrest them, which is highly commendable. Please try your very best to round up the remnants of these one million boys for a lasting peace in Oyo State.”
Ajimobi urged the police authority to embark on internal cleansing by ridding the command of few personnel who work at cross purposes with the police by colluding with criminals to perpetrate violence.
He drew the attention of the police boss to a recent incident in which some miscreants parading themselves as landowners, a.k.a. Omo Onile, went to areas where the state government had started road construction to disrupt activities of the contractor insisting on being settled.
The governor said, “Just as we have bad eggs in every profession, I think there are policemen that connive with miscreants by tipping them off to evade arrest when law enforcement agents move against them, thereby jeopardizing efforts to rid the society of such brigands.
“Such officers need to be flushed out. I implore you to ensure that you latch on to community policing programmes to get firsthand information about possible outbreak of crisis and nip such in the bud.”
Earlier in his speech, Odude had assured the governor of his team’s preparedness to cooperate with and support the government to sustain peace in the state, adding that the police under his watch had arrested many kidnappers and armed robbers in his few days at the command.
The CP promised to work round the clock to achieve a violence-free Oyo State by devoting time and energy to the project of securing lives and properties.
Odude said: “We hit the ground running upon my arrival with the arrest of seven kidnappers and nineteen armed robbers. We were also able to recover seven vehicles.
“We pledge to support your administration to ensure perpetual peace and tranquility in order to promote socioeconomic development of the State.”
An alumnus of the University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile- Ife) where he bagged a BSc in Demography and Statistics in 1983, the new CP attended Government College, Ibadan, for his secondary education.
Until his deployment as CP Oyo command, Odude was the Commissioner of Police, Administration, in the Department of Finance and Admin., Force Headquarters, Abuja.
The CP vowed to bring his wealth of experience to bear in his new posting as a successful crime fighter, but solicited the support and input of well-meaning members of the society.
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