Fire broke out in the Head of Service office located within the federal secretariat complex in Abuja, leading to the emission of thick smoke.
The cause of the fire remains unknown. However, firefighters from the Federal Fire Service made their way to the scene to extinguish the flame.
The fire has affected Block C within the Head of Service complex.
The Director of Communications for the Office of the Head of Civil Service of the Federation, Mohammad Ahmed, who confirmed the incident, noted that the fire was caused by an explosion in the Electrical Utility Room on the third floor.
According to the official, the room was being used as a solar and inverter room by the current occupant, the Office of the Special Adviser to the President on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Ahmed revealed that the incident was brought under control by the Federal and FCT Fire Services at around 5:00 p.m., noting that the fire affected the utility rooms on the second to the eighth floors of the building.
The Permanent Secretaries from the Common Services Office-OHCSF, Lydia S. Jafiya, and the Special Duties Office, Faruk Yusuf Yabo, as well as directors from the affected MDAs, were present at the scene of the incident.