There was a palpable panic as fire gutted the Divisional Police Office in Nasarawa Local Government Area, Kano State.
This was disclosed by the state police commissioner, Mr Usaini Gumel, revealing that the incident occurred in the early hours of Monday.
“At about 05.45 a.m. the Divisional Police headquarters was engulfed by fire and a major part of the building was burned down completely.
“This is in spite of prompt response by the State Fire Service,’’ he said.
Gumel said an investigation was ongoing to unravel the cause.
“The area has been cordoned off to prevent intrusion by on-lookers and miscreants, the arms and ammunition in the office are very safe.
“The Divisional Police Officer is currently sorting out some of the affected documents,” he said.
This would be the second time a police station in the state would be razed by fire in 2024.
The Kano Police Command headquarters in Bompai was engulfed by fire on Saturday, January 13.
It was gathered that the fire, which started in the provost’s office, spread to the Finance Department, Conference Room, the office of the Police Public Relations Officer, the office of the Assistant Police Commissioner (Administration), and that of the Deputy Commissioner (Admin), among others.
It was learned that the entire offices on the top floor of the police command built in 1967 were engulfed by the fire, while the office of the police commissioner was not affected.