The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has confirmed the fire incident on its facility along Airport Road in the Federal Capital Territory, saying it involved a fuel facility of a private firm.
PRNigeria gathered that the fuel dump located in an Airforce Base belonged to Geometrics Synergy Services Limited, a private company.
Confirming the fire incident, spokesman of the Airforce, Air Commodore Ayodele Famuyiwa hinted that “a fire incident involving a Jet A-1 fuel dump located on the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) Base, Bill Clinton Drive, Abuja was reported at about 8.am Wednesday, May 10, 2023.
“Though located on NAF Premises, the fuel facility is owned and operated by Messer Geometrics Synergy Services Limited under a ‘Build, Operate and Transfer’ ownership agreement.”
He added: “The fire, which created an explosion from the fuel tanks, has since been put out by the combined efforts of Fire Services from the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, Federal Capital Territory Administration, the Federal Fire Service, and the NAF Fire Service, It is gratifying to note that no life was lost in the incident.
“However, the investigation has been instituted to unravel the immediate and remote causes of the fire incident.
“Furthermore, the NAF wishes to use this medium to appreciate the Federal Road Safety Corps, and the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps, who were at the scene to offer necessary assistance as may be required.”