NAF BASE EXPLOSION, NO CASUALTY RECORDED
The Nigerian Airforce has said that no casualties were recorded at an explosion which occurred at its fuel storage facility in Abuja.
In a statement issued by NAF signed by the Director of Public Relations and Information (DOPRI), Air Cdre Ayodele Famuyiwa, confirming the incident, it was revealed that the incident involved Jet A-1 fuel dump.
The statement also said that while the storage facility located on the Air Force Base, it is owned and managed by another body on agreement basis.
“A fire incident involving a Jet A-1 fuel dump located on the Nigerian Air Force (NAF)Base, Bill Clinton Drive, Abuja was reported at about 0800 hours today, Wednesday, 10 May 2023. Though located on NAF Premises, the fuel facility is owned and operated by Messer Geometrics Synergy Services Limited under a 'Build, Operate and Transfer' ownership agreement.
“The fire, which created an explosion from the fuel tanks, has since been put out by the combined efforts of Fire Services from the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, Federal Capital Territory Administration, the Federal Fire Service, and the NAF Fire Service. It is gratifying to note that no life was lost in the incident.
“However, investigation has been instituted to unravel the immediate and remote causes of the fire incident. Furthermore, the NAF wishes to use this medium to appreciate the Federal Road Safety Corps, and the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps, who were at the scene to offer necessary assistance as may be required.” The Statement read.