Nigerian Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, has express concern over the rising spate of attavks on personnels of the federal fire service. in the country. ayokinews.com reports
Aregbesola noted that the various attacks on the fire service personnels had made rescue missions difficult in the country.
The minister further urged Nigerians to always protect the fire fighters and their equipments from physical attacks whenever they’re carrying out their rescue missions.
This was made public in a statement released by the minister’s media adviser, Sola Fasure.
The statement reads; “There have been saddening reports of attacks on our personnel and equipment whenever they are out in response to distress calls. This makes it difficult for them to even carry out their assignments.
“Our communities now should stand up and own the firefighting equipment procured and deployed for their use at a huge cost. They should be the first line of defense for them in the face of attacks from vandals and unruly elements.
“Let us honour and respect ourselves by refraining from impulsive attacks on fellow citizens who are simply attending to our needs, albeit officially.
“We are making arrangements to accompany every mission with armed personnel. They will be empowered to take all necessary actions to protect our personnel and assets from any form of attack.
“Any assault on officers and men in the service is an assault on Nigeria and our sovereignty. The personnel are Nigerians with families, human rights and stake in our nation. Attack on any of them is equally an attack on a Nigerian with emotional tie with other Nigerians,” he said.