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5 Lagos Fire Fighters Stabbed By Area Boys While Trying To Put Out Fire In Ajegunle & Surulere

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January 29, 2016 – 5 Lagos Fire Fighters Attacked By Area Boys While Trying To Put Out Fire In Ajegunle & Surulere

Lagos State Fire Service cried out yesterday over the frequent attacks on its men in line of duty, warning those involved to desist or face the law.

We learnt that more than five firemen have been attacked in various parts of the state.

The service director, Rasak Fadipe, said the officers were attacked at Idewu Street, Olodi-Apapa, Ajegunle and Odunsi Street in Surulere.

He described the officers as dedicated and hardworking, adding that their motive was to save lives and property.

According to him, the gallant officers responded to distress calls and were about to carry out their statutory duties when the hoodlums who wanted to loot saw them as obstacle and started attacking, stabbing and chasing them from the fire scene.

Fadipe explained that a senior officer was stabbed in the ear with a broken bottle; another was wounded in the head; others were manhandled.

“In order to prevent confrontation and breakdown of law and order, the officials retreated and ran for their lives. The mayhem was reported at Tolu and Itire Police stations and it led to the damage of a fire truck,” he said.

He hailed the Itire Divisional Police Officer (DPO) for intervening and rescuing the officers from further assault.

The fire boss appealed to the public to desist from damaging government facilities as tax payers money were expended on providing the amenities. The consequences of unwarranted but coordinated attacks on fire trucks, he said, were an indirect denial of dividend of democracy to others as the damaged truck cannot serve the need of Lagosians.

[The Nation]



  1. Omokehinde

    January 29, 2016 at 4:53 AM

    I hope that those fire fighters were not committing robbery or other crimes while trying to put off the fire from the victims of the fire incidents? It doesn’t make any sense for Area boys or any other criminal groups to attack fire fighters while trying to safe people’s lives and properties. Otherwise, those Area boys or anyone attacking fire fighters while doing their sacred service should be tracked down by Nigerian police Force and send to maximum prison for endangering the lives of innocent people. Gov. Ambode of Lagos state pay should pay more attention to the security of lives and properties of all Lagosians like former Gov. RAJI FASHOLA. I want to give our governor the benefit of the doubt on security and other pressing issues in Lagos because is too early to judge his performance after 7 months in office. Lagos state is a state so dear to my heart. EKO O NI BA JE OOOOOOOO!

  2. Metu Nyetu

    January 29, 2016 at 6:43 AM

    This is about the most prepostrous thing a man could eva do: to attack a firefighter in the line of duty. Should they now go with the police to their rescue missions? That would make response even slower. But maybe there’s a storyline eluding us in this whole matter, for I think that even if hudlums decide to attack the fire fighters, those who are in distress and those nearest to them should be on the side of the fire servicemen and protect them from any assault. Maybe there is something they aint saying here.

  3. sola olaniyi

    January 29, 2016 at 9:37 AM

    There is something missing in this story..

  4. D Hunter

    January 29, 2016 at 2:00 PM

    Dis is confusing.

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