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Fire guts AIT/Ray power office in Plateau State

On 3 April, the office of the Africa Independent Television (AIT) and Ray Power radio located in the nine-storey J.D Gomwalk building in Jos, Plateau State, was gutted by fire.

Eye witnesses said the fire started around 9.55 a.m. from the ninth floor of the building. Before it could be brought under control, it had destroyed property worth millions of naira. The General Manager of the Jos zonal office, Chukwudi Okoli Ugbaja said: “All our cameras and entire studio equipment got destroyed in the inferno”. Mrs. Folashade Oshodi, a presenter who was on duty at the time of the incident told the News Agency of Nigeria that the station’s transmitter as well as the radio and the television studios were completely burnt. However, Ugbaja expressed relief that no life was lost, and commended the Fire Service whose prompt response saved the entire structure from being razed.

Governor Jonah Jang who was on his way home from Church service in company of his wife Ngo  made a prompt visit to see the extent of damage. He expressed sympathy with the management and staff of AIT for the loss.

It will be recalled that AIT/Ray Power offices in Abuja, Lagos and Kano have been gutted by fire disasters in the past.

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