The former chairman of Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC), Hon Princess Vivian Azodo has debunked the insinuation making the rounds that the six bedroom executive duplex and properties worth millions of naira, she lost to inferno, Wednesday, last week was as a result of arson.
The Amazon, who only last week returned to Nigeria from University of West Minster, where she is currently studing Law, told newsmen that the incident happened last Wednesday, at her Garki residence.
“I had returned home to eat my launch last Wednesday, at about 4:00pm. The people I had, working for me in the house, requested for water, by the time I entered the kitchen, I started perceiving smell of burning plastic. By the time I deliver the water to them to come back and examine what was happening, smoke has started emitting from the ceiling. Along with one of the men working for me, we quickly rush to control room to switch off electricity.
“Those that were attracted by my shout came around and fortunately, one of them had the number of Fire Service control room.
We then called the Fire Service men, who arrived at about 6:00pm, with three trucks. They battled the fire for hours before the water they came with got exhausted. They went back for reinforcement and came back at about an hour later.
“If not for that initiative, perhaps the fire would have entered the pole and burn down the entire street”, she added.
Anaodo said, despite the fact that she lost everything in the inferno; she still thanks God that no life was lost.
She praised the doggedness of the fire fighters, who she said, battled the fire until 2:00am before it was completely put off.
“The firemen did their best. In the cause of their operation, they called for reinforcement from other fire stations from around the city to join them.”
She commended the current administration for doing its best to reposition the Fire Service sector. “I was told government recently supplied the firemen with more equipment. That is commendable. There is room for improvement.
I suggest that water-refilling facilities should be built at every corner of the city; so that the time it will take firemen to refill will be less”, she added.
The ex-AMAC boss said, contrary to the speculation making the rounds that the fire may be as a result of sabotage, she said, “No matter what, even if it was a deliberate act of men, if God don’t support it, it couldn’t have happened.”
“Though, I suspected something like that because I have been away for seven months to University of West Minster, where I am reading Law. By the time I returned everything in the house was intact. But three to four days after my return, the fire came.”
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