Security expert hinges Ebeano inferno on poor monitoring of CCTV

Written by on July 28, 2021

A retired Assistant Inspector-General of Police, Austin Iwar, says the fire that recently gutted multi-million naira shopping centre, Ebeano Supermarket Lokogoma, in the Federal Capital Territory, may have been averted if the closed-circuit television installed in the expansive building was diligently and religiously monitored by security personnel in the supermart.

The ex-AIG, who stated this in a chat with Newsmen on Tuesday, also said there was the need for regulatory agencies to step in and enforce safety standards in all public places.

It would be recalled that the supermarket was engulfed by fire, which lasted for several hours before the FCT Fire Service fought the inferno but goods and properties worth millions of naira had already been destroyed. In the footage obtained by  newsmen on Monday, the suspect, who has been identified, was seen walking into the supermarket along with two suspected female accomplices.

The minor could be seen walking to a section of the supermarket where gas cylinders and electric cookers were kept. She later picked up a lighter and lit an item there and walked away.

Iwar also noted that regulatory agencies must sit up and ensure that necessary risk-mitigating facilities and equipment were in place in public buildings.

Credit: Punch

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