FIRS Headquarters

The headquarters of the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) in Abuja has been gutted by fire, Concise News reports.

In a statement issued on Monday by the spokesman of the agency, Wahab Gbadamosi, the fire outbreak happened on Saturday.

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According to Gbadamosi, the outbreak affected the store, where old files are kept, located at the annex building of the service.

The statement added that the Executive Chairman of the agency, Tunde Fowler, have visited the scene of the fire incident for a first-hand assessment.

The statement read: ”There was a fire incident at the store, by Federal Inland Revenue Service, (FIRS), canteen located at Annex (1) office of the Service headquarters, No 15 Sokode Crescent, Wuse Zone 5, Abuja at about 5:10PM on Saturday, 26th, October 2019.

”The fire affected the store by the FIRS canteen where disused/old computers awaiting disposal are often kept. Also burnt were envelopes, printing paper and stationeries.

”The FIRS hereby assures the general public that nothing critical to FIRS operations was affected. Officials of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Fire Service arrived the scene a couple of minutes after the fire began and worked with Security and Safety officers of the FIRS, to put out the fire within two hours.”

The incident is coming days after the agency said it generated N4. 012trn between January and September 2019.

A statement from the agency, said FIRS Executive Chairman, Tunde Fowler, told the Senate Committee on Appropriations last week that between January and September 2019, N77.89bn was generated above the N3.941trn collected same time last year.

The amount, according to the statement, represents 60.77 percent of the N8.8trn target the FIRS set for 2019.