The headquarters of Chisco Transport Limited in Lagos was gutted by fire yesterday.
The fire was said to have started after some hoodlums took advantage of a political campaign rally to throw substances suspected to be explosives into the premises of the transport company in apparent protest against President Goodluck Jonathan’s poster on a building beside Chisco’s head office.
According to a witness, who identified himself as Stanley, “it was when the All Progressives Congress (APC) campaign train was passing during their political rally along Eko Bridge that some hoodlums supporting the party, took advantage of the rally to throw objects into the premises of the company when they saw President Jonathan’s billboard hung on the uncompleted building beside Chisco Head Office, thinking the premises belongs to the Federal Government.”
When Daily Sun visited the scene, the inferno had razed down about 25 luxury buses and trucks. Sources revealed that the building belongs to the Industrial Training Fund (ITF), a Federal Government parastatal sharing a common fence with the leading transport company was targeted by the hoodlums because of President Jonathan’s billboard.
An employee of the transport company, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told our correspondent, that the damage could have been worse if not for the quick intervention of some employees of the company who sprang into action to salvage the situation when they noticed the fire. The workers were said to have used the fire-extinguishers available in the premises to assist fire fighters from both the state and Federal Fire Service to put off the fire.