The Lagos State Fire Service has warned the general public to desist from attacking its personnel and fire engines or face the full wrath of the law.
This followed an attack on personnel and equipment of the fire service in the Surulere area of the state.
According to a Saturday statement signed by the Assistant Director, Public Affairs of the service, Mrs. M. Adeleke-Ashimi, the incident occurred at Sam Shonibare Street, Surulere on Friday.
She disclosed that the attack by unidentified hoodlums left a fireman injured and led to the shattering of the right door passenger side’s window and cracking of the left driver’s side windscreen of the fire truck conveying some firemen.
The Acting Head of Lagos State Fire Service, Mrs Margret Adeseye, was quoted as lamenting the extent of the injury inflicted on the officer and damage to government property during the incident.
Adeseye described the victim, who was affected by the shattered windscreen, as a dedicated and hardworking officer whose motive was to save lives and property.
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She said, “The gallant officer and equipment responded to a distress call and was carrying out their statutory duties when the hoodlums who were restive started attacking them from the scene of fire outbreak.”
The fire boss explained that the firemen showed restraint in order to prevent confrontation and breakdown of law and order but reported at Surulere Police Division, Area C.
Adeseye appealed to members of the public to desist from damaging government facilities as lots of taxpayers’ money was expended in providing the amenities for the safety of Lagosians.
She explained the negative consequence of unwarranted but coordinated attacks on fire trucks as an indirect denial of other people’s right to benefit from the dividend of democracy, saying that a damaged truck could not be in a good condition to serve the needs of Lagosians.
Adeseye assured the general public of the readiness of officers of the service to combat fires whenever called upon to do so.