By; JACOB ONJEWU DICKSON
The Nigeria Police Kano Command has commenced investigations into the causes of the alleged fire outbreak that engulfed Alibert Furniture showroom in Kano last year.
According to a letter issued by Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of criminal investigation, Kano Police Command, DCP Muhammad Abba Umar, made available to our reporter, the police command has launched an investigation into the case of mischief by fire and fire incident, relating to the outbreak at the Kano showroom in December 2021.
Our correspondent reports that Kano Police Command in a letter dated January 27, 2022, addressed to the Managing Director Alibert Products Nigeria Limited, confirmed that investigation has commenced into the fire incidence at its Kano showroom.
The police missive with reference number CR: 3000/KSX/D6/Vol8/74 stated that, “complaint of mischief by fire was received from one Abdulhadi Rabiu alleging that the fire incidence that broke out at the poplar furniture company in Kano was caused by mischief as against the alleged attribution of the incidence to faulty electrical gadgets installed within the premises.
“The police as part of the investigation have requested the managing director of Alibert furniture, on February 7th to report to the officer in charge of legal/prosecution at the command.
“Our findings reveal that the landlord of No 5c Muritala Muhammad Way Kano, Abdulhadi Rabiu through his lawyers, A S Yusuf Associates have forwarded a formal complaint to the police accusing Alibert Furniture of mischievously setting ablaze Alibert Kano showroom.”
The complainant narrated that, Alibert furniture, who occupied the building as commercial tenant conspired to set the property ablaze.
The complainant pointed out that, Kano Electricity Distribution Company (KEDCO) have faulted the claim by Alibert furniture that the fire had emanated from a transformer that feeds the building with power supply.
He informed the police that the fire incidence was planned and executed by some persons commissioned with the aim to achieve criminal intended motives that are bothering on indemnity claims.
The company under investigations through formal reply dated 27th January 2022 addressed to the commissioner of police, Kano command have dismissed all the allegations contained in the complainants.