Equipment worth millions of naira were damaged by fire at the old head office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in the Wuse 2 area of Abuja on Monday.
Viewpoint Housing News gathered that the fire started in the ICT department which formerly housed the commission’s newsroom.
EFCC’s acting spokesman, Mr. Tony Orilade said in a statement that the damage would have been worse if not for the quick arrival of men of the Federal Fire Service.
The firefighters led by the Sector Commander, Mr Melone Onyekachi arrived the scene after call by Duty Officer of the commission, Kayode Oyetunde at 7:00pm.
The statement read, “The fire started at the former newsroom, which now serves as storage for ICT equipment that were retrieved from the commission’s former offices scattered across Abuja.
“The former newsroom is in the Costa Hall, which was inaugurated by Dr. Antonio Costa in 2007. The building currently houses the Data Centre and the Combined Inter Agency Task Force.”
Onyekachi could not give the cause of the fire and extent of damage.
It was said that two officers attached to the Combined Inter-Agency Task Force who were trapped on the second floor of the building were rescued.