Friday, 29 January 2016

No fewer than five firefighters with the Lagos State
Fire Service were injured in the Ajegunle and
Surulere areas of Lagos State.
While an unnamed senior official had his ear cut
with a broken bottle, another had a bottle smashed
on his head, while three others were reportedly
manhandled.
A fire truck was said to have also been damaged in
the melee.
It was learnt that some hoodlums, who wanted to
loot property in some buildings gutted by fire in the
areas, resorted to attacking the firefighters to
eliminate oppositions on their way.
A statement on Thursday by the Lagos State Fire
Service said the officials ran for dear life to
forestall a confrontation that could lead to total
breakdown of law and order.
The Director of the Lagos State Fire Service, Rasak
Fadipe, said such was the lot of firefighters in the
state while striving to save lives and property.
He said the five injured officers were responding to
emergencies when they were attacked, adding that
such would no longer be allowed.
He said, “The state has observed with dismay the
frequent attacks on its officials and obstruction of
same from carrying out their official duties by
hoodlums.
“Over five officers were seriously injured on Idewu
Street, Olodi-Apapa, Ajegunle and Odunsi Street,
Itire-Surulere. The officers were dedicated and
hardworking, and their motive was to save lives
and property.
“The gallant officers responded to distress calls
and were about to carry out their statutory duties
when the hoodlums, who wanted to avail
themselves of the opportunity to loot and steal
from fire victims, saw them as obstacle and
started attacking, stabbing and chasing them from
the scenes of the fire incidents.
“A senior officer’s ear was stabbed with a broken
bottle. A bottle was smashed on another’s head,
while others were manhandled. In order to prevent
a confrontation and breakdown of law and order,
the officials retreated and ran for their lives.”
He commended the Divisional Police Officer at Itire
for intervening and rescuing the officers from
further assault.
Fadipe appealed to members of the public to desist
from attacking firefighters and damaging
government facilities, saying culprits should be
ready to face the full wrath of the law.

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