FG allays fear as fire panic halted operations at Abuja Airport

The Federal government has assured the general public that the incident that occurred at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport Abuja that halted operations for more than three hours was not fired outbreak.

NAIA was thrown into confusion on Saturday around 3: pm over smoke that engulfs the airport with many workers and passengers scampering for safety.

An airport worker told our report under the condition of anonymity that smoke had besieged the NAIA in the afternoon of Saturday leaving many to believe it was a fire outbreak.

In a reaction, the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) in a statement made available by Head of Corporate Affairs, Henrietta Yakubu stated that the incident happened in the equipment room of the new international terminal of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja at about 3:00 pm Saturday.

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She said “the incident was however swiftly curtailed by the in-built fire detection and protection system at the new terminal that triggered automatically.

“The building was designed and built with this protection system. The system comes up when it senses high ambient temperatures and sprays fire extinguishing agent. The residue of powder sprayed by the system was seen in the cloud, there was no fire at all”.

Yakubu stated that “the Authority will like to reassure passengers and the general public that there is no cause for panic, as the incident has been put under control and our firemen are clearing the remnant of powder after which operations will resume” she noted.

Operations has since resume at the airport.

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