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.