FAAN explains fire at Lagos airport

The fire incident at the departures hall of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos, on Thursday was caused by an electrical fault, the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, FAAN, has said.

The fire outbreak, which sent travellers and aviation staff at the terminal scampering to safety as smoke billowed into the sky, was quickly extinguished by fire fighters.

Yakubu Dati, FAAN’s General Manager, Corporate Communications, described it as a “minor smoke incident.”

“The smoke was quickly traced to the electric panel room on the second floor of the terminal by a combined team of FAAN’s electrical engineers and fire officers,” said Mr. Dati.

Preliminary investigation, according to Mr. Dati, revealed that the incident was caused by a short circuit at the panel room which was arrested by the engineers on duty.

“The Authority wishes to assure the travelling public and other airport users that there was no immediate danger to anyone as a result of the incident neither did it affect flight operations at the terminal,” Mr. Dati said.

“The Authority has directed the Directorate of Engineering and Maintenance to commence immediate investigation into the immediate and remote causes of the said short-circuiting of the cables.”

Two years ago, a similar incident, also caused by an electrical spark caused a blackout at the airport’s international terminal.


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  • Emmanuel Maluba

    Being from a doctoral student, I was looking for some good tasting discourse. Found little to cheer about. Nothing of any background to the nihilist and lame policy that we witnessed in the preceding years to give a good background of the premise Buhari was taking off from.
    Besides, this writer forgets that we are a non aligned nation. We are not so beggarly as to tie ourselves to the apron of the West. So, what is wrong in engaging the US, Russia and China on any subject at any point in time?
    The frosty relations between Iran and the US can never be a factor to consider for Nigeria to engage Iran! The US still engages Russia now and then and despite the calmness of China’s underground economic diplomacy, it continues to be the major subject of discourse in US diplomatic and foreign affairs circles. Should we refuse China’s loans because US will be offended? Should we throw away opportunites from China because its attitude to climate issues dont necessarily agree with what the US and others want? Should we then not avoid the US and other Western nations because of their posture on Gays and Lesbians, which is in conflict with what Nigerian customs, traditions and laws permit?
    There is more to Nigeria’s diplomacy than this gentleman has tried to make us believe. Things have gone so low for us that we have lost so much respect in the comity of nations. Engaging any country is not a function of attitude but of benefits that can be derived.
    At least, that is what makes a US to cherish Saudi Arabia, an enemy of democracy, while at the same time harassing the hell out of African nations.
    Every country is looking for where its bread will be most buttered!

    • Uche Igwe

      You have ended up raising questions just as the author. If you hate the article..write your own.

      • Emmanuel Maluba

        You really need no answer!

    • Bank Anthony

      I am surprised that you raised some of the questions in the article yet you dismiss the effort. What we desire is a clear foreign policy direction that will offer us benefit..be it from China or Iran or US.

      • Emmanuel Maluba

        I agree with your conclusion. We need BENEFIT as you said. But I didnt dismiss the effort. I said I was looking for a good tasting discourse and found little! As a student of international politics, I was looking for a backgrounder to PMB’s foreign policy discourse. There was none. We were just coming from a period when Nigeria had little or no respect in the comity of nations. It was a time that our attendance at international fora were more of jamborees and fashion parades than anything. This writer needed to background his treatise because we need to get an idea of the past if we we are going to measure the successes or failures of the present efforts. But he did elaborate on his travels, which, as you have equally agreed, are important if they bring us benefits. We really dont care if the benefits are from the enemies of the US. Ethiopia is today moving at a faster rate than expected, thanks to loans and subsidized projects from China.
        If I were at a forum where this paper is presented, we will fight over it all and still come to the agreement that BENEFIT is all that concerns us. If PMB goes to Iceland, it doesnt matter so long as that country is ready to be of value and the relationship wont be one sided.