NNPC Creates Commission to Probe Office Fire

The Federal Government has created a board of inquiry to investigate the blaze that ripped through the Lagos Office complex of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation.

Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Kanu Agabi, charged members of the commission to live to the expectation of Nigerians by ensuring that they conducted thorough investigation into the causes of the incident. He said the membership of the board was on merit because the Federal Government and indeed Nigerians attached great importance to the assignment.

The nine-story building housing the offices of the National Petroleum Investment Management Services (NAPIMS), Pipeline Product Marketing Company (PPMC) and other subsidiaries of the NNPC in Ikoyi, Lagos was destroyed by a fire in December of 2002. Since then, the police had made several arrests, including a Lagos-based lawyer, Mr. Festus Keyamo, who was later released on bail.