The capital of Ogun state, Abeokuta, witnessed pandemonium on the night of Wednesday, February 12, as fire erupted in the house of former President Olusegun Obasanjo.
According to The Nation, the house which is located at Ita-Eko area of Abeokuta was gutted by fire about 9.30pm.
Royalng gathers that the fire incident was allegedly caused by a power surge.
Residents of the area reportedly joined the former president’s domestic workers to help in putting out the fire in an exercise which lasts for almost an hour.
Fatai Adefala who is Ogun state’s director of fire service has confirmed the incident, He, however, said that the main building in the former president’s compound was not affected, noting that the fire only affected a store.
Speaking on the incident, Henrietta Yakubu, the head of corporate affairs of the airport, revealed that air rescuers and fire-fighters battled to quench the flames.
However, Yakubu reported that the inferno did not in any way affect flight bookings and other operations at the airport.
Obasanjo acknowledged the contributions of the late Africanist towards the search for international peace, especially in Africa, notably his laudable efforts at engendering the successful outcome of the peace negotiations, which he brokered between the government of Sudan and the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement/Army in 2002.
He further affirmed that the successful execution of the Machakos Agreement by the two major parties to the Sudanese conflict represented a substantial step in the direction of a just and durable resolution of the long-drawn crisis in Sudan.