Fire guts police station
There was panic on Sunday afternoon at Alapere in Ketu, a Lagos suburb, following a fire outbreak at a police station in the area.
The fire started around 1.30pm and burnt the entire roof of the police station which is located by Alapere bus stop near the popular Oworosoki Expressway.
Police Command’s spokesperson, Ngozi Braide, a Deputy Superintendent (DSP), confirmed the incident.
She said the fire was caused by an electrical spark, adding that it was put out before it could spread.
Braide said nobody was killed or injured in the incident and assured that none of the detainees there escaped.
An eyewitness, Mrs Median Adams, who said she was driving along the route her husband, said: “We saw smoke and we stopped and tried to find out what happened. We could not get close because of the crowd. Through the transparent cell, the detainees were struggling to escape from the raging fire.
“People outside were also asking policemen to free the inmates so that they did not get burnt to death but they refused. Instead, they were busy calling fire service personnel to come and put out the fire”. However, the burnt roof was said to have been replaced.