The biggest and oldest Nigerian National Petroleum Company, NNPC, mega station in Abuja, was this afternoon gutted by fire.
Officers of the Federal Fire Agency, the National Emergency Management, NEMA, Federal Road Safety Commission, FRSC, and other rescue agencies successfully put out the fire at the station located on Olu Obasanjo Way in the city centre.
Although the cause of the fire is unknown at the time of this report, the incident had caused heavy traffic hold up on adjourning streets and other interceptions, including the Sultan Abubakar Way.
The station, believed to be the first NNPC mega station in Abuja, is patronised by many motorists. It dispenses fuel to motorists from about 12 pumps and operates 24 hours.
When contacted, the spokesperson of the FCT Police Command, Altine Daniel, said she was not aware of the incident.
“Which NNPC? To be frank, I am not aware,” she told PREMIUM TIMES in a telephone interview.
The fire incident is the second major one in the federal capital in the last three weeks.
On December 5, the Conoil filling station opposite the NNPC headquarters, Abuja, went up in flames as a tanker was discharging 33,000 litres of petrol.
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