Firefighters in Onitsha are attacked by an irate mob for arriving late.


An angry mob beat Anambra State Fire Service personnel on Sunday for allegedly coming late at the scene of a fire incident.

This is stated in a statement made available to newsmen in Onitsha on Monday and signed by Mr. Martin Agbili, Director/Fire Chief of the Anambra Fire Service.

According to Agbili, the incident happened at around 6 o’clock on Atani Road near Uga Junction in Onitsha.

He claimed that the attacks hurt some of the personnel and broke the fire truck’s wind shield and side mirrors.

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The act, according to the fire chief, was barbarous and a poor way to begin the new year.

He claims that on January 1, 2023, at around 1800 hours, the Anambra State Fire Service got a distress call.
They attacked us with stones, sticks, and irons. Unfortunately, they damaged our fire trucks’ windscreens, side windows, and injured a few firefighters.

“We could hear them asking, “Is it now that you people are coming to fight the fire?’ as they began throwing stones at the fire truck while the fire was still burning.

“With our cracked glass and three injured firefighters, we were able to flee the mob attack.

“It’s truly terrible that this barbaric crime would be used to ring in the new year for our dedicated firefighters in Anambra State.

The perpetrators of this heinous act will undoubtedly be prosecuted, according to Agbali. (NANhttps: )

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