The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has dispelled reports of a fire incident at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja on Saturday.

Several media reports stated that the supposed fire incident halted terminal operations at the airport at 3pm.

However, FAAN said in the statement that the supposed fire incident was merely a fire alarm that was triggered by the high temperature.

The usual high temperature in Abuja gave the fire alarm a false indication thus causing it to emit a powder, the General Manager, Corporate Affairs of FAAN, Henrietta Yakubu, explained in the statement.

She further explained that the powder gave the appearance of smoke, leading many to run to safety.

“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.

“The Authority will like to reassure passengers and the 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 said.

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