The headquarters of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) at the Murtala Mohammed Airport, Lagos was engulfed by fire in the early hours of today, April 11, 2017.
Newsmen who were at the scene of the incident reported that the conflagration, which sent huge smoke spiraling into the air, crippled activities and forced traffic gridlock at the link road between General Aviation Terminal and the international wing of the airport, from Ikeja –Agege Motorway.
“From that reception down to the Public Affairs Department area is finished. That is what I saw,” said an official of the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) who witnessed the fire incident.
NAN quoted an official of National Union of Air Transport Employees, NUATE, identified as Frank, as saying that the Audit unit of FAAN was heavily affected by the fire.
This is just as other eyewitnesses also said that the fire affected some offices including the Communications and Engineering Departments.
A source at the FAAN fire service told newsmen that the incident, which occurred around 7a.m., was caused by an electrical fault.
The Lagos Commissioner of Police, Mr Fatai Owoseni and other top police officers were on ground to maintain law and order.