The Minister of the Federal Capital Territory FCT, Mallam Muhammad Bello, has assured the management of Next Cash and Carry Supermarket and the business community in Abuja that a thorough investigation would be conducted to ascertain the cause of the fire incident to prevent a reoccurrence in any other business establishment within the FCT.
Bello also expressed shock and deep sadness over the fire incident that engulfed the Next Cash and Carry Supermarket in Abuja on Sunday.
In a statement signed by the Chief Press Secretary to the minister, Mr Tony Ogunleye, Bello commended the FCT Fire Service, the Federal Fire Service, the fire service departments of the Nigerian Navy, Air Force, Guards Brigade and Julius Berger Nig Plc that responded with their fire-fighting equipment.
He equally commended the FCT FEMA, the National Emergency Management Agency, security agencies and other responders for their efforts in containing the blaze.
Next Cash and Carry, a popular supermarket located along Ahmadu Bello Way, Kado-kuchi area of Jahi-Kado expressway in Abuja, was engulfed by fire and goods worth millions of naira were destroyed.