The multi- million naira hilltop residence of former President Olusegun Obasanjo was gutted by fire on Thursday in Abeokuta the capital of Ogun State Nigeria. The fire incident took place about 48 hours after some part of the popular Jankara Market in Lagos state was razed down by fire resulting from fire crackers popularly known as Knockout or Banger in Nigeria.
Obasanjo, who was not around during the fire outbreak, came to assess the extent of the damage caused by the fire shortly after the fire incident. He told reporters that it was just part of his secretary’s office that was burnt by the fire.
The former president showed no sign of distress. He in his usual jovial way, started singing in Yoruba that "Ile Obasanjo to jo, ewa lo bu kun. Eyin journalists e ma wi bee kiri” which is translated as “Obasanjo's house that was burnt has added to its grandeur. Journalists keep on broadcasting that".
The fire was put under control by the men of the Ogun State Fire Service with the help of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC), Nigerian Police Force (NPF) and the State Security Service (SSS).
According to this THISDAY, the fire started barely 20 minutes after the former president left the house for his family house at Ita-Eko, a part of the Abeokuta metropolis.