By Ikeugonna Eleke
There was panic in front of Government House, Awka, recently as a Mercedes car suddenly went up in flames.
Fides gathered that the sudden fire incident threw workers in the government house and members of security agencies into panic as they battled to put it off.
A source said the panic was heightened by the fact that the state governor, Chief Willie Obiano, had just driven past the gate of the government house into his office to resume work for the day when the Mercedes Benz car suddenly went up in flames.
The spokesman of the Anambra State Command of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, Asc Okadigbo Edwin, confirmed the incident, but described it as minor.
He said, ‘On the 22nd of January 2020, at about 10.26 hours, a Mercedes Benz with registration number EPE 952 FM, caught fire in front of Anambra State Government House, Awka.
‘The cause of the incident is yet to be ascertained as investigation is ongoing but it could be linked to leakage of fuel.
‘The Anambra State Fire Service responded immediately and the fire was immediately brought under control, while the NSCDC rescue team, led by SC Ochei Paul, assisted in rescuing the driver of the vehicle and in controlling traffic to allow free flow of traffic.’