Nigeria’s Treasury House at the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja was on Wednesday gutted by fire.
Parts of the building were damaged before Fire-fighters, who arrived the scene, put out the fire, which started around 10 am. They were helped by officials of the National Emergency Management Agency, the Nigeria Police Force and the Abuja Environmental Protection Board.
The building houses office of the Accountant General of the Federation.
The cause of the fire and where it started in the building is yet to be known as at the time of filing this report. However, burning of public buildings is part of the culture of a corrupt civil service in the country.
The FCT Police Commissioner, CP Bala Ciroma, who later briefed newsmen at the scene of the incident, said an investigation into the cause of the fire has been launched.
He advised motorists to use alternative routes into the area, noting that the Ladoke Akintola Boulevard would be cordoned off during the investigation into the cause of the fire.
Ciroma, who disclosed that parts of the building had been damaged by the incident, said the fire was successfully put out without casualties.