The Kogi State Commissioner for Works and Housing, Abubakar Ohere has on behalf of Gov. Yahaya Bello, tendered an apology to the Controller General, Federal Fire Service over the attack on men and engine of the Command around Felele area of the state during an emergency to put out a fire.
The Commissioner for Works in a message to the Controller General through the Kogi State Controller of the Fire Service, a copy made available to DAILY POST, regretted the unfortunate incident and condemned in strong terms the action of miscreants and disgruntled elements who attacked men of the State Command of the Nigerian Fire Service.
Ohere thanked the men of the Federal Fire Service for all the support given to Kogi State and assured that everything humanly possible would be done to arrest and bring the perpetrators of the attack to book.
According to the message: “I most sincerely want to convey the assurances of His Excellency, Gov. Yahaya Bello that everything will be done to bring those involved to justice and as well manage the injured staff with the full repair of the vehicle sir.
“Thank you for your continued love for the State as we pray that similar incidences will not repeat itself going forward”.
The Commissioner assured that more security would be provided for the Command of the fire service and made a presentation of the sum of N100,000 through the Assistant Controller to be delivered to the injured officer.
To buttress the seriousness of the State Government assurances to the Command, Abubakar Ohere deployed a high powered delegation led by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry to immediately visit the Kogi State Command of the Federal Fire Service.
The delegation were received by the Assistant Controller, Omolola Tolushe at 2.57pm where the message of the State Government was delivered.
The delegation appreciated the interventions of the Command in the State and also frowned at the ugly incident on men and their equipment while in the course of their official duty.
The delegation disclosed that the Police have been mandated to fish out the culprits who attacked the officers and the vehicle.
Similarly, the State Government delegation lead by the Perm Sec MOWH to visit the injured and made an assessment on the level of damage to the vehicle for necessary repairs.
The Assistant Controller in her response expressed her gladness at the prompt response by the Kogi State Government and revealed to the team that the injured have been discharged from the hospital.
She, however, disclosed that the Controller General of the Federal Fire Service has ordered the deployment of all the vehicles including the damaged one to the headquarters in Abuja before the arrival of the State Government delegation at about 1:00pm.