FCT fire service and CBN spokesperson disagree on fire at bank’s headquarters

ABUJA – Reports that the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) head office building caught fire on Tuesday are false, says the CBN acting Director, Corporate Communications, Mr Isaac Okorafor.

According to Okorafor, the rumor started when passersby saw a pall of exhaust from the CBN generator house and mistook it for fire.

“The CBN maintains a total security system that triggers safety alarms in the presence of smoke and so all fire engines and personnel received the alert only to discover that it was an unusual pall of exhaust.

“The affected generator has been rested and normal work has been going on uninterrupted, while the engineers are working to rectify the issues with the generator.

“We hereby assure the general public that there has been no fire at our building,” he said.

Online medium Sahara Reporters however reports that Bello Attahiru, Assistant Commander, FCT fire service, confirmed fire at CBN on Tuesday evening.

According to Attahiru, the fire, which started around 6 pm and lasted for about 30 minutes, was restricted to the generator house and did not spread to the main CBN building due to the efforts of a combined team of firefighters, which included the CBN in-house fire fighters, the Julius Berger team and men of the FCT fire service.

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