Paul Akomolehin, Lokoja


DAILY COURIER – The Chambers and Gallery of the Kogi State House of Assembly complex in Lokoja, North-Central, Nigeria, has been gutted by fire.


An eyewitness told DAILY COURIER that smoke was seen on the roof of the Assembly Complex at about 7 am on Monday.


Another eyewitness said the fire began on Sunday night, but no Assembly member was put on notice.


State Director of Fire Service, Salau Ozigi, said the reason for the fire cannot be immediately ascertained as investigations have commenced into the incident.


According to him, he got a call at about 7 am and officers of the State Fire Service were mobilised to use first aid equipment to control the fire.


He noted that the fire was controlled not to go beyond the chamber and gallery.


Office equipment, documents and other valuables were being packed out from sections of the building that were not affected by the inferno


The Speaker of the House, Prince Mathew Kolawole, while speaking to journalists at the assembly complex, said the house will allow security agencies to investigate the incident.


He, however, said this would not stop the assembly from performing its duty as the resolution of the house concerning Dangote Cement Plc stands.