10th September, 2021
By Kelechi Ogunleye
The Controller General of the Federal Fire Service (FFS), Dr Liman Ibrahim has threatened to withdraw firemen from states that cannot guarantee the safety of his men.
This was contained in a statement issued by the FFS’ Spokesperson, Mrs Ugo Huan, in Abuja on Friday.
Ibrahim emphasised that he had continued to call for the protection of his men stressing that it was now time to take action.
This is even as he has called for the umpteenth time for firemen to be accompanied by security personnel following the recent wave of attacks on firemen.
While condemning the most recent attack on firemen in Kogi on Thursday night, he vowed that those behind the act would surely be brought to book.
He expressed grief and displeasure over the attack, pointing out that this was the second time that firemen would be attacked in Kogi while on duty.
He again called on State governments to ensure the protection of their firemen, stressing that the service would no longer take future attacks lying low.
“It is a criminal offence for anyone to attack firefighters or fire truck for whatsoever reasons.
“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 it’s presence.
“We will not fold our hands and watch our men being maimed and killed as well as fire trucks worth millions of Naira being destroyed,” he said.
Giving insights into the attack, the PRO in the statement said that the attack occurred along Felele road when firefighters were attempting to turn out a car fire at Al-Salam fuel station.
It explained that the State command had received a fire call concerning a car fire, but while approaching the scene, a mob began to attack the truck which was conveying firefighters.
The statement added that parts of the truck was destroyed while firefighters were injured and are now currently receiving treatment at the hospital.
“The matter has since been reported to the Police for investigation and subsequent arrest of those responsible. The Chief Security Officer of the Kogi Government house has also been informed.
“The Controller General has further substantiated his call for the establishment of an armed squad in the Federal Fire Service known as Fire Police to protect firefighters and fire trucks at fire scenes.
He called on Gov. Yahya Bello to address this barbaric act by citizens of the state to avoid its re-occurrence.