Fire yesterday gutted the office of the Osun State Governor, Ogbeni
Rauf Aregbesola. The inferno started in the afternoon when an
apartment in Aregbeola’s office at Abere got burnt. Some valuable
documents, which at press time were yet to be identified, were also
The cause of the inferno was attributed to a surge in power supply
which made one of the air conditioners in the office to catch fire.
Firefighters battled for several hours to put out the inferno. A witness
said it took the divine intervention for workers in the office not to get
trapped in the inferno. At the scene of the incident, people gathered in
groups to discuss the issue.
When journalists got to the office about 6.44p.m., there were many
security men of ground, who blocked entrance into the office. “Why
must you enter? There is no chance for you to enter here today,” one
of the security agents said. The state Commissioner for Information,
Mr. Adelani Baderinwa, said the fire was as a result of power surge in
one of the air conditioners inside the Governor’s Office. He said:
“It is heartening to note that not a single document, or equipment was
destroyed and nobody was hurt.
“We reiterate that every document in the Governor’s Office is intact.
“The fire mainly affected the office of the Governor alone; no other
office is af-ected. It is not a serious fire outbreak. It is regrettable that
the electricity suppliers have been persistently unable to regulate the
supply of power to meet the necessary standard. “Many Nigerians have
lost their properties to power surges and other electrical