The Federal Capital Territory Administration FCTA said it will launch an investigation into the circumstances surrounding Sunday morning inferno at one of Abuja’s high scale shopping mall, Next Cash and Carry in which goods and property estimated at billions of naira were lost.


Located in Jahi District, the fire reportedly started between 6 and 8am
according to eyewitnesses.


However, the in-house firefighting truck was said to have developed a
fault and could not be used, leaving the facility managers to wait for
emergency services to turn out.

FCT minister, Muhammad Musa Bello who expressed shock and deep
sadness over the fire incident said the administration would commence a
probe of the incident.


The minister in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Anthony
Ogunleye also commiserated with the management and staff of the
supermarket and the FCT business community over the unfortunate
incident.


The minister said investigations were ongoing to ascertain the immediate
cause of the fire.


He further said that no lives were lost to the incident neither was anyone
within the premises injured.