The residence of popular playwright and filmmaker, Ola Balogun in Sabo area of Yaba, Lagos, was yesterday razed by fire. A nearby three-storey building housing the secretariat of two labour unions was also affected. The building housed the secretariat of Association of Senior Staff of Banks Insurance and Financial Institutions (ASSBIFI), affiliated to Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, and the federal branch of Amalgamated Union of Public Corporation Civil Service Technical and Recreational Services Employees (AUPCTRE).
The fire, which started at about 2:30am in the bungalow, was suspected to have been caused by power surge.
The playwright woke up to see the inferno consuming his property and shouted for help. Neighbours reportedly came to his rescue, salvaging some of his belongings, including vehicles parked in the compound. Although, nothing much could be done by them to stop the fire from spreading, due to its intensity. The fire service arrived later at about 3 a.m.
In a text message to Vanguard, Balogun wrote: “My residence at 11, Aje Street, Sabo-Yaba, is on fire and has virtually burned down. The next door building at 9, Aje Street is also on fire. Poor response by fire services.”
The Director, Lagos State Fire Service, Razaq Fadipe, however said the agency received the distress call late.
Reacting on the fire incident, which brought down the three storey building, Fadipe said: “We got information that the building was distressed and the occupants were served a quit notice, but some illegal occupants took over the building.
“The fire started from the bungalow that was beside it and spread to the three-storey building, which incidentally collapsed.
“The caller, one Tokunbo, called my number directly and I heard in the background that the fire had spread to the nearby building. He told me he had already alerted our communications centre and this was confirmed, when I sent the information,” he said.
The building, which collapsed was said to have been built for over 30 years, reportedly served as one of the unions’ headquarters until it relocated to Abuja.
Youths Burn Down Sanwo-Olu’s Mother’s House In Lagos (VIDEO)
Lagos youths have set the family house of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu on fire.
This was after the Governor said that no nobody was killed during the shooting by soldiers at Lekki Toll Gate on Tuesday night.
Sanwo-Olu had debunked claims that the soldiers opened fire and killed some peaceful protesters.
Recall that men of the Nigerian Army reportedly opened fire on protesters following the declaration of 24 hours curfew by the Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwolu.
Bullets fired by security operatives hit some persons and at least two persons have been confirmed killed by the police and many injured
Voices in viral footage blamed the shootings on soldiers.
However, the angry youth attacked several important places such as Nigeria Port Authority, TVC News, and the family house of the Governor where his mother resides.
After Governor @jidesanwoolu said the "soldiers shot in the air to disperse the peaceful protesters." And thar their's no fatalities
Lagos youths set Governor's Mother's House on FIRE!! #PRAYFORNIGERIA#EndSARS #Lekkitollgate #LekkiGenocide #EndPoliceBrutalityinNigeraNOW pic.twitter.com/QaOvSHwXdk
— Nwachukwu John Owen (@johnowen99) October 21, 2020
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Hoodlums have reportedly invaded the headquarters of popular news station, TVC, believed to be owned by National Leader of APC, Bola Tinubu.
According to reports, the staff of the news station are being trapped in the building located in Lagos.
The moment Morayo and Co decided to leave the station after it had been taken over by hoodlums.
— My Opinion (@Diji_O) October 21, 2020
Videos circulating online shows that properties in the compound have also been set ablaze.
The news station is currently off air and this comes hours after Nigerians accused the Lagos politician of having a hand in the #LekkiMassacre.
Information Nigeria recalls security agents had opened fire at peaceful #EndSARS protesters at Lekki Tollgate on Tuesday.
In a video circulating online, the anchors of one of the shows, ‘Your View’ were heard saying that there were hoodlums at their gate trying to break into the premises.
Watch the video clips below:
— Itz CakeByTolex (@tolulope_salako) October 21, 2020
— POSTNAIJA (@POSTNAIJA) October 21, 2020
— Angry mob attacks TVC , set the station on fire.. pic.twitter.com/xEDpLeWkpW
— VyrãlTreñdz (@TheVyralTrendz) October 21, 2020
‘Hoodlums’ have reportedly invaded news station, TVC and are attacking their people. pic.twitter.com/h90bWoL37o
— Pulse Nigeria (@PulseNigeria247) October 21, 2020
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As the convoy was leaving the protest venue, some of the youths continued to stone his vehicles.
While the protest was disrupted, Governor Oyetola assured the injured victims that the government would be responsible for their medical bills.
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