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Explosion rocks Abuja Air Force base fuel dump as facility catches fire

• May 10, 2023
NAF base fuel dump
NAF base fuel dump

The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) said a fire incident occurred at the Jet A-1 fuel dump in Nigerian Air Force Base, Abuja.

In a statement on Wednesday, NAF spokesperson, Air Commodore Ayodele Famuyiwa, said the fire incident was reported at about 8:00 a.m.

Mr Famuyiwa said the fire caused the fuel tanks to explode but was put out by firefighters from the Federal Airports Authority, Federal Capital Territory Administration, Federal Fire Service, and NAF.

“It is gratifying to note that no life was lost in the incident,” he said. “However, an investigation has been instituted to unravel the immediate and remote causes of the fire incident.”

According to Mr Famuyiwa, Messr Geometrics Synergy Services Limited owned and operated the fuel facility under a Build, Operate and Transfer ownership agreement.

“Furthermore, NAF wishes to use this medium to appreciate the Federal Road Safety Corps and the Nigerian Security and Civil Defense Corps, who were at the scene to offer the necessary assistance,” he said. 

(NAN)

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