Fashola inaugurates panel of inquiry on Jankara fire incident

Babatunde Raji Fashola, Governor of Lagos State

The panel will assist government to discover how explosives got into the building.

The Lagos State Governor, Babatunde Fashola, on Monday inaugurated a three-member panel of inquiry to investigate the December 26, 2012, fire incident in Jankara, Lagos Island.

The members of the inquiry are retired Justice Oladokun Ishola, who will serve as the Chairman, as well as Okunola Wasiu and Richard Ohuanuaruogo as members.

The fire incident, reportedly caused by firecrackers stored in a building, razed many other buildings and destroyed goods.

Mr. Fashola said that the panel would assist government to discover how explosives got into the building and to evolve steps that could be taken to forestall a reoccurrence.

“We also expect members of the public to assist the panel to do their work by providing information and submitting memoranda and giving evidence whenever the need arises.

“We expect that all the first responders who played one role or the other on the day, the fire service, the police, the State Emergency Management Agency to whom we are very grateful will be able to shed more light into how we came to that unfortunate incident,” he said.

The governor urged the panel to carry out the task efficiently, adding that the outcome of their report would have great impact on the safety of residents.

“For the records, this is the second time in 10 years that this kind of thing will happen in Lagos, and clearly we want to ensure that the lessons of these two incidents remain enduring and beneficial for the future.

“We hope your recommendations will let us know if any person or group of persons has breached any law of the state.

“The office of the Attorney-General will bring all these people to justice in a very expeditious manner that shows the willingness of government to protect its citizens,” Mr. Fashola said.

He restated the commitment of the state government to the safety of residents, adding that the government would continue to focus on awareness and other initiatives that would guarantee safety in the state.


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