The Controller General of Federal Fire Service. Dr. Liman Ibrahim has condemned the attack on firefighters and destruction of fire trucks by hoodlums, saying that the action is unacceptable and those responsible will definitely not go unpunished.
An attack took place on Thursday, 9th September 2021 along Felele road when firefighters were turning out to a car fire at Al-Salam fuel station opposite Kogi State Polytechnic.
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. Thereby destroying parts of the truck and injuring firefighters who are currently receiving treatment at the hospital.
This is the second time in Kogi State firefighters will be attacked.
The CG said 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.
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 reminded that his directive of blacklisting any community who continuously attacks firefighters still stands and that henceforth any state government that can not ensure the protection of Federal Fire Service firefighters and equipments in their states will leave the Service with no other option but to withdraw its presence from State. as he will not fold his hands and watch his men been maimed and killed as well as fire trucks worth millions of Naira been destroyed.
The Controller General while lamenting that 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 this hoodlums are emboldened to attack firefighters because they know that they don’t have the protection of armed men.
He called out the Governor of Kogi State, Yahaya Bello to address this barbaric act by citizens of the state so as to avoid it’s reoccurrence.