Equipment destroyed, as fire guts ITV station

Equipment destroyed, as fire guts ITV station

Communication
equipment worth over
N1billion were on
Saturday night razed when
the Benin based
Independent Television
(ITV) owned by Chief
Gabriel Igbinedion, the
Esama of Benin, was
gutted by fire thereby
knocking the station off
airwaves.

Mostly affected, according
to reports, are the
television studio and the
radio station.
According to the Head of
News of the station, Mr
Abiodun Mudashiru, who
spoke to journalists inside
the burnt studios of the
TV station, the fire started
few minutes after 9 pm
when the station was
broadcasting the network
news of the Nigerian
Television Authority
(NTA).

Mudashiru who stated that
the TV station has not
issued any official
statement on the
unfortunate incident, said
a combined team of fire
fighters from the Edo State
Fire Service, the
University of Benin Fire
Service and the Military
Fire Service prevented the
inferno from ravaging the
entire building of the
station.

“It was some minutes after
9pm last night (Saturday)
when the network news
was going on that the
technical operatives or
crew observed that there
was an explosion in the
main studio.

“They usually sit behind
the walls. When they
heard the light explosion,
they decided to investigate
what was happening.
“In the process of doing
that, the roof just came
down at once with a wild
fire. That was it and
before we knew it, the
whole place was engulfed
in flames”.

Some workers of the
station also showed
journalists a spot on the
station’s perimeter fencing
they alleged was
compromised by the
people who carried out an
attack to gain entrance to
the complex housing the
station, and pointed out
that the security wire on
top of the fence was
equally removed.

A delegation of Edo PDP
leaders including its state
chairman, Chief Dan
Orbih; a former deputy
governor of the state,
Lucky Imasuen, and
coordinator of the
Goodluck Jonathan
campaign in the state,
Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu,
was among the early
visitors who came to
condole with the station.
Orbih described the attack
as a malicious one carried
out by agents of the devil,
adding that it was a further
revelation of the evil plan
of those who have been
threatening to deal with
the opposition party in
Edo State and their
businesses.

“Their plan is to cripple
our campaign since they
know that ITV has given
us voice after the state
owned Edo Broadcasting
Service categorically told
us that they cannot air our
views and programmes as
a matter of policy.
“ITV’s crime is that they
have allowed every voice
to be aired and given
opportunity to everyone to speak.

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