The Presidency has refuted reports that a fire outbreak occurred at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, the seat of government, on Saturday.
The rebuttal was issued in a statement by Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, on Sunday.
A video that showed fire burning near the perimeter fence of the Aso Villa went viral on Saturday.
But reacting, the Presidency said the incident happened between the villa and the army barracks towards Asokoro, and not inside the villa.
It stated that an investigation into the incident is ongoing.
The statement read: “People in the country and even abroad have been expressing concerns over reports of a fire incident in Aso Rock Villa, the seat of the Nigerian government. I would like to clarify that there was no fire inside the Presidential Villa.
“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.”