Fire has gutted the Lagos home of Pastor Tunde bakare, the fiery preacher who pitches his political tent with Congress for Progressive Change,(CPC) in the on-going Nigeria general election 2011, running as a presidential running mate.
A presidential election conducted last weekend saw his party flag bearer, Muhammadu Buhari losing to Peoples Democratic Party’s candidate, Goodluck Jonathan, and an alleged whipped up allegation of rigging spurred violence that killed hundreds of innocent people. The world has condemned the violence.
Many houses were burnt while those killed included innocent NYSC Electoral officers.Many more are still receiving treatment in the hospital.
In a dramatic fire incident which occurred on Friday afternoon, Bakares home in Lagos was razed with a second floor of the building engulfed in an inferno that started from the pastor’s son’s room.
The house of Tunde Bakare, the running mate of the presidential candidate of the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC), Muhammadu Buhari, caught fire on Friday.
The fire razed the top floor of his house at Biodun Close, off Henry Adefowope Crescent in Awuse Estate.
The fire, NEXT learnt from neighbours, started around 2pm and was put out around 5pm by officials of the Lagos State Fire and Safety Service.
Confirming the incident to NEXT in a telephone interview, Mr Bakare said, “It is not a rumour. It is my residence that caught fire and got burnt, but no lives was lost. We thank God for that.”
He further said that the “fire started in my boys’ room and gulped the whole of first floor.”
Mr Bakare, when asked whether the incident was just a domestic accident or possibly related to the current political issues in Nigeria, said he does not yet know the cause of the fire outbreak.
“I cannot answer any questions along that line. I do not know the cause of the fire and I do not want to create any sensational news out of the incident,” he said. “Fire is fire. I can’t say it’s political sabotage or whatever. I just know that we were in the house and fire started in my boys’ room and gulped the whole of first floor. Let’s leave it like that.”
However, more than six armed policemen were seen within the premises, and this, coupled with the fact that no journalists were allowed to enter the premises to gain an on-site assessment, is fuelling the suspicion of sabotage.