For over three hours, fire disrupted banking services at the head office of Ecobank Nigeria Ltd. on Ahmadu Bello Way, Lagos, on Tuesday. The fire started at 8.30am. An eyewitness, Mr Malachy Okoli, said that the fire started when a tanker was discharging diesel into the bank’s fuel dump. Okoli said that employees of some commercial banks around Ecobank used their fire extinguishers to control the fire before the arrival of officials of the Federal Fire Service.
Some youths were seen around the place scooping diesel from the gutter, not minding possible risks. Many shanties around the bank were destroyed by the inferno. While addressing journalists, the Deputy Commanding Officer, Lagos Command, Federal Fire Service, Ganiyu Olayewola, said the bank alerted them at about 8.55am.
Director of Operations, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, Mr. Femi Giwa, said the agency was alerted at about 8.55am. He said that officials of the agency discovered that a tanker with 33,000 litres of diesel, while trans-loading, had caught fire. The bank said the situation was under control.