Fire at CBN Lagos office
•Security agents molest photojournalists
THERE was fire yesterday at the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Lagos complex.
The dusk fire affected the administrative offices on the third floor. In the course of battling the fire, on the third floor, a fire service official collapsed, no thanks to suffocation.
According to National Emergency Management Agency’s (NEMA) Southwest spokesman, Ibrahim Farinloye, the yet-to-be identified fireman was rescued and rushed to the hospital.
Farinloye said nobody died, adding that the Lagos State Fire Service personnel were on ground on time to contain the situation.
Lagos fire service Director, Rasaq Fadipe, said his men were clamping down the offices and breaking the windows and doors to check for any small fire that might not have been put off.
In a statement last night by Isaac Okorofor, the CBN said:”The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) wishes to inform its stakeholders and the general public that a fire incident occurred at its Lagos Branch Office at about 5:30 this evening (Tuesday, March 25, 2014).
“The fire, which occurred on the first floor of the building, has been put out by a combined team of fighters from the CBN and other institutions.
“We wish to assure our numerous stakeholders that the records of the Bank are intact, as the Bank has an effective backup of all its records, as part of our disaster recovery infrastructure”
Two photojournalists with the National Mirror Newspapers, Yinka Adeparusi and Samuel Adetimehin, were yesterday brutalised and had their cameras vandalised and confiscated by men of the Nigeria Police Force at the scene of the fire.
Both photojournalists were ordered to surrender their cameras were beaten.
Adeparusi was later whisked to the Area ‘A’ Police Station where he was detained before he was released later.
Adetimehin, who was the first to be attacked was left to writhe in pain after he had received punches from the policemen.
The two photographers have been placed under medical care.