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Fire Service boss vows to fish out attackers of personnel

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The Controller-General (CG) of the Federal Fire Service (FFS), Dr. Ibrahim Liman, has vowed that the organisation would not rest until those that attacked its personnel in Kogi State, are fished out and brought to justice.

Liman said this as fallout of the attack on officers of the FFS and their fire trucks in Kogi State by some hoodlums, last Wednesday, along the Felele road in the Lokoja.

Describing the attack as unprovoked and unacceptable, he said the firefighters were responding to a fire call about a car that caught fire at a fuel station opposite Kogi State Polytechnic. But on approaching the scene, a mob armed with dangerous weapons began to attack the fire truck, which was conveying the firefighters.

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In a communiqué, the CG said the mob succeeded in destroying parts of the truck and injuring firefighters, who are currently in hospital receiving treatment.

“The attack on firefighters and fire trucks by hoodlums is unacceptable and those responsible will definitely not go unpunished, because this is the second time Kogi State firefighters will be attacked,” he said.

The FF boss, Liman therefore, insisted that the perpetrators must be brought to book because it is a criminal offence for anyone to attack firefighters or fire truck for whatsoever reasons.

He explained his directive of “blacklisting any community, who continuously attacks firefighters still stands, and that 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 its presence from the state, as I will not fold my hands and watch my men maimed and killed, as well as fire trucks worth millions of naira destroyed.”

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