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Fake News: Presidency denies Aso Villa fire incident

The Presidency has said no fire incident was recorded inside the Presidential Villa, Abuja, contrary to reports swirling on social media.

In a statement Sunday titled, ‘Bush fire incident recorded outside villa perimeter’, presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu said the fire that broke out happened “between the outer wire fence and walls surrounding the Villa.”

This followed a report Sunday in an online medium that a fire incident was reported at the Villa, causing chaos and trepidation among staff.

Shehu’s statement reads partly, “In the evening of Saturday, March 6, a fire broke out burning shrubs between the outer wire fence and walls surrounding the Villa, precisely in the area between the Villa and the barracks, towards Asokoro.

“The fire, as being speculated, might have started from a passerby dropping a burning cigarette. The Federal Fire Service will ascertain the reason for it when they complete their investigation.

“It suffices to say that this bush fire, which started and ended outside the perimeter walls of the Villa, was seamlessly contained by fire stations of the State House and the one nearby from the Federal Fire Service. No loss of life, no loss whatsoever to building and property was recorded. We thank well-meaning Nigerians for expressed concerns.”

The fire incident comes bare days after President Muhammadu Buhari took the COVID-19 vaccine and called on Nigerians to follow suit.

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