A warehouse owned by Cross River State Emergency Management Agency has been gutted by fire and it destroyed relief materials worth millions of naira. At about 7pm on Saturday, the fire incident occurred at the warehouse located within the premises of the Nigerian Chronicle along Barracks road during which several bags of rice, cartons of biscuits, gallons of vegetable oil and noodles awaiting distribution were burnt.
Mr Princewill Anyim, the Acting Director General of the agency wasn’t available for comment at the time of this report. There had been no electricity supply to the warehouse in the past five years and wondered what could have caused the fire outbreak, this was said by an eyewitness and staff of SEMA who refused to disclose his name because he was not authorised to speak to journalists.
“We are all surprised how fire got into the place because we have not had electricity in the warehouse in the past five years,” he said. The items burnt were supplied by NIMASA on Tuesday last week and arrangements were being made to distribute them to internally displaced persons before the fire incident occurred, he said. “Last night, an air conditioner was stolen by hoodlums and I suspect they came from the adjoining bushes close to the Bogobiri area.
“In the past, we usually engaged the services of policemen but for some time now, we have not had imprest so we could not pay the torchlight and transport allowance of policemen; so they stopped coming,” he added. He continued by stating that a wall was being erected to fence off the items remaining before hoodlums cart them away at night.