In the early hours of Wednesday, chaos broke out as a fire destroyed the West Africa Examination Council, WAEC headquarters in the Yaba neighborhood of Lagos State.
Several people are reportedly still trapped inside the WAEC office as the fire spreads.
The cause of the fire, which started at 6.50 am, has not been determined. The high-rise building’s midsection had caught fire; while those trapped inside could be heard urgently pleading for assistance.
– @thegidifeednews: Fire Outbreak at WAEC Nigeria National Office
A fire outbreak has been reported at the national office of the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) located in Yaba, Lagos. pic.twitter.com/D7FN5feXMR
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The roaring fire engulfing the WAEC building was put out by men from the Lagos State Fire and Rescue Service and other emergency responders, according to reports.
Meanwhile, the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed has assured Nigerians of safety and security for everyone in the country.
Lai Mohammed gave the assurance in Abuja, on Tuesday, October 25, 2022. He spoke during a ministerial session at the ongoing UNESCO Global Media and Information Literacy Week.
The government’s assurance is sequel to a security alert issued Sunday by the Embassy of the United States in Abuja.
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The Embassy of the United States had said that there was an elevated risk of terror attacks in Nigeria; specifically in Abuja.
The Embassy of the United States also said targets may include but are not limited to government buildings; places of worship, schools, markets, shopping malls, hotels, bars, restaurants, athletic gatherings; transport terminals, law enforcement facilities, and international organizations.
Lai Mohammed however said that Nigeria’s security forces are doing everything possible to secure and protect Nigerians and foreigners living in the country.
The Minister also said the military and other security forces have been very proactive in tackling security issues.
“I can assure all that our military and other security agencies have continued to do everything possible to secure and protect Nigerians and foreigners living in Nigeria.
“Terrorists have been hard hit and put on the run. Bandits have been decimated and scattered. Our country is safer today than at any time in recent times, thanks to the sacrifice of our men and women in uniform,” Lai Mohammed said.