The Secretariat of the Correspondents’ Chapel of the Kaduna Council of the Nigerian Union of Journalists was, on Monday, gutted by fire.
The fire, according to an eyewitness, started between 12 midnight and 1.30am, razing the entire secretariat’s conference hall, extending to the toilets, destroying property worth million of naira.
A neighbour, Brig. Gen, Abubakar Murmini (retd.), was said to have mobilised some people to put out the fire, which did not affect other property on the premises, including, a restaurant and the office of the National Human Rights Commission.
The cause of the fire outbreak was not immediately known.
The owner of the building, a retired Deputy Inspector-General of Police, L. Dadup, said a formal report would be lodged at the state command of the Nigerian Police Force for proper investigation.
Meanwhile, the Kaduna State Governor, Mallam Nasir el-Rufai, has commiserated with the leadership and members of the chapel.
El-Rufai’s Special Assistance on Media and Publicity, Mr. Samuel Aruwan, said the governor would welcome a probe into the fire Incident.
Aruwan described the inferno as an unfortunate incident, thanking God that no live was lost during the incident.
The governor’s aide added, “It’s quite unfortunate what befell us. It’s disheartening that the chapel lost vital documents.
“Tragedy is inevitable. It will come when we least expect. It is more gratifying that no live was lost and to the glory of God, no bodily injury.” Correspondents Chapel is most critical.”
The Chairman of the chapel, Mr. Midat Joseph, said the police had been informed of the incident.