By Rose Audu
The Controller General of the Federal Fire Service, Liman Ibrahim has condemned in strong term the attack on firefighters and fire trucks by hoodlums in Kogi state.
The CG who described the attack as unacceptable, vowed to bring perpetrators to book.
It was gathered that the Firefighters who were putting out fire from a car fire at Al-Salam fuel station opposite Kogi State Polytechnic were attacked on September 9, and given serious injuries, making it the second time firefighters will be attacked in the State.
According to a statement made available to TOS NEWS “The State command had received a fire call concerning a car fire, while approaching the scene; mob armed with dangerous weapons began to attack the truck which was conveying firefighters.”
The attack left part of the fire truck destroyed while the wounded firefighters are currently receiving treatment at the hospital,” the statement added.
The matter has since been reported to the Police for investigation and subsequent arrest of those responsible. The Chief Security Officer of the Kogi State Government House has also been informed.
Dr. Liman who has vowed that those behind this dastardly act will surely be punished reiterates that it is a criminal offence for anyone to attack firefighters or fire truck for whatsoever reasons.
He further says that his directive of blacklisting any community who continuously attacks firefighters still stands and that henceforth any state government that cannot ensure the protection of Federal Fire Service firefighters and equipment in their states will leave the Service with no other option but to withdraw its presence from the State. He added that he will not fold his hands and watch his men maimed and killed as well as fire trucks worth millions of Naira been destroyed.
The Controller General who said this attack which is one amongst many has further substantiated his call for the establishment of an armed squad in the Federal Fire Service known as Fire Police who will be saddled with the responsibility of protecting firefighters and fire trucks at fire scenes, because these hoodlums are emboldened to attack firefighters because they know that they don’t have the protection of armed men.
The CG has called on the Governor of Kogi State, Yahya Bello to address this barbaric act by citizens of the state so as to avoid its reoccurrence.