Saturday, April 23, 2011

Pastor Tunde Bakare’s house burnt

By Chioma Igbokwe
Barely one week after the presidential election, tragedy struck the household of vice presidential candidate of the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC), Pastor Tunde Bakare, when his Lagos home was gutted by fire yesterday. No life was lost.

Chioma gathered that the fire, which affected a section of the building, on Abiodun Olaiya Street, off Adefowope, Awuse Estate, Opebi, Lagos and caused substantial damage. It started at about 4pm.

Family members could not say exactly where the fire started or its cause, but revealed they suddenly discovered thick smoke. According to them, before help could come, the fire spread and affected at least three rooms in the building.
Sources revealed that as soon as the fire was noticed, the fire service was alerted, but before fire-fighter arrived, great damage had been done.

Attempts to gain entry into the compound proved abortive, as policemen and other aides of the pastor of Latter-Rain Assembly stopped visitors. They only allowed people they could identify into the compound.

Speaking to Saturday Sun yesterday, on phone, from Abuja, spokesman of the presidential candidate of CPC and former head of state, General Muhammadu Buhari, Mr. Yinka Odumakin, said that the cause of the fire had not been ascertained.

Also commenting on the accident, police public relations officer, Lagos State Police command, Mr. Jinadu, said the cause of the fire was not yet known. He confirmed that policemen had been drafted to the place to ensure security.

Last night, friends and associates of Bakare trooped in to identify with him. Most of them, who came with police orderlies and other security personnel were allowed in. It could not be ascertained if Bakare was in last night, but a young man, who came out of the compound, sources said that the pastor-turned politician would make a statement on the fire later. At the time of going to the press, the pastor had not spoken.

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