Fire guts OBJ’s mansion in Abeokuta



Former President Olusegun Obasanjo’s palatial home on the Hill Top, Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta, Ogun State was engulfed in an early evening fire yesterday.

The fire, which destroyed many household items and personal documents, was said to have occurred barely 20 minutes after the Balogun of Owu left home.
However, his wife, Bola and some of his children and grandchildren, who were on holidays, were at home when the fire started.

Daily Sun gathered that although the fire destroyed  vital household items and personal documents, no life was lost.
The fire came barely 24 hours after Obasanjo played host to dignitaries including the state Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun at his ancestral home, Ibogun Olaogun in Ifo Local Government Area of the state.
Although the cause of the fire remained unknown as at press time, a source close to the former chairman of Board of Trustees (BoT) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) linked the fire to power surge.

According to the source, one of the aides to the former president first noticed smoke emanating from one of the buildings in the complex located in the Hill Top Estate at about 4.10p.m.
He was said to have raised the alarm, which attracted the attention of other workers including security personnel who struggled to prevent the fire from spreading to other parts of the building.
Daily Sun further learnt that it was when the fire was getting out of hand that a ‘Save-our-Soul’ was quickly sent to both the state fire service and the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC). They arrived the scene minutes after.
Two trucks of the state fire service with registration no OG 122 and OG 127 A09 arrived the scene of the fire incident shortly after it started.
It was further noticed that before the arrival of the fire fighters, many workers had climbed up the building trying to put the fire off.
Smoke had started spreading to other part of the building, particularly the bedroom of the former president when fire fighters and the NSCDC officials arrived the scene.
Residents of the town, who got the information and attempted to get to the scene,  were prevented by plain clothes security men.
Many of them, who lamented the incident, described it as a Christmas tragedy.
Reacting to the incident, Obasanjo who later addressed journalists though confirmed the inferno, said the fire affected only his secretary’s office.
In his usual comical manner, Obasanjo who spoke in Yoruba urged journalists to report accurately, saying the fire did not consume the entire house.
He later burst into songs and urged journalists to join him: “Ile Obasanjo to jo ewa lo bu kun,’’ which translates as: “Obasanjo’s burnt home will turn more beautiful.’’

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  1. Why won’t the new building be better than the burnt one? OBJ you’ve stolen so much. What caused it? Nepa you stole $16 billion from. But i promise you that God will ensure that the new one not only burns bt consumes you and ur household. Agadi na agwo ofe

  2. Alhaji Dan-azumi Gana on

    I symphatise with Obasanjo despite it’s our stolen money he used in building the house. Other top government functionaries should learn from what has happened to Obasanjo, because the big one is yet to happen.

  3. MAXNOVO of UYO on

    Baba Iyabo kpele e!!! Tho i kno dat: that part of de huz burnt can cause the entire huz to become born again….atleast it is a tragedy. Once again, nndo !

  4. Mr ex-president sorry for what happened to you i know its d plan of ur enemy but thank GOD no life was lost in d incident, if they said u steal d masses money when u ar still on ur regine then they should tell us if u ar d only person who steal dat money! people SANI ABACHA, IBRAHIM BABANGIDA, MKO ABIOLA E.T.C they all steal d masses money so sori 4 what happened to u @ obj.

  5. No sorry for the man tried and on many he killed many innocent people and up till now he has no regret the killings, how can I pity him the fire is God’s massager many more are coming to all the evil men and women here in Nigeria, this maintain came from our money meant to develop people and the country, this is also to tell them that God is every were and he can do anything at any time to his glory, this is just a little sign ok.OBJ and all the people like him should repent now and then God will forgive them.

  6. evil dat men do live with dem and nt after dem……………. this just a warning….. unless u truely repent and confess ur sins u will hav no peace……. dix yr was jst a warnin to evil pple who r stil alive….. chime, yakowa, buhari’s daugher, goodluck younger brother, ekwerenmadu elder brother,azazi, kastina gov brother, douglas fada, and many other top pple in nija that lost their lives in a painful way, is to show the wise one among them that this earth is jst transit. if u like build heaven on earth.. is jst a matter of time and u will pay 4 ur hardship u caused nigerians

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  8. Sign of things to come this coming year. Ill gotten wealth to go in flames. I hope Iya Fani Kayode was quick enough to pull her panties off the wreckage.

  9. Interesting!, this man Obasanjo told the nation after being released from jail, that he has only N10,000 Naira. Today, his properties is littered all over Nigeria with many of them in Abuja, Lagos, with billions and billions in banks around the world. Are we the Nigerian people supposed to be sympathetic to a man who was entrusted with our hope and aspirations as a people, instead he stole us blind, and call us names while at it. I have no interest in what happens to this man, good or bad. Let God be the judge between him and Nigerians, especially the teaming poor.

  10. Wonders they said shall never end, so in this country there could be fire out break somewhere and the fire service men will get to the scene immediately, and there are places it will be the fire service men will no where be found, even when they finally get them there will be no water for them to get to the scene. total mirage.
    OBJ take heart.

  11. Ndi ochichi (ndi no na Ala-Igbo na ndi no na mgbago), ihe oma unu ga-emere onwe unu bu iletu anya ala ugbu a mara ezigbo ihe unu ga ebido imere Ndigbo. Unu ga agba nbo meputawa ezigbo ihe na-ala Igbo nke ga eme ka umu aka anyi na enweta ezigbo ihe ha ga neme wee hapu itinyewa aka na ajo ihe. Ochichi unu n’achi Ndigbo mere ihe ojoo dika ori, ndi-nto, na igwo ogwu ego jiri buo ibu n’ala Igbo karisie ebe nile. Ewoo! Jisos onye obi ebele! Ndi ochichi anyi, a choro m ime ka unu mara na ochichi ojoo unu na achi anyi mere umu aka Igbo ji juputa na Ulo-Nga (nkporo) di iche iche na obodo di iche iche. Ulo-Nga (nkporo) Chaina, Jamani, Amirica, Malesia, Indonesia na nke di na obodo ndi ozo di iche iche ga agbara m aka ebe.

    E jim ohere a na-eme ka ndi nile bu ndi Ikorobia n’ala Igbo mara na oge erugo mgbe anyi g’ebilite n’ura. Ihe obuna ndi ochichi anyi ma obu ndi Naijiria choro Ugbu a k’ha ga-enweta, ha choo mma ha enweta mma, ha choo njo ha enweta njo. Ndigbo abughi ndi Naijiria, anyi bu ndi Biafra. Naijiria choo k’anyi buru otu, ha nye anyi Ochichi na afo puku abuo na iri na ise, ha ga-emezukwara anyi Steeti anyi ka ozue ezu di ka nke ndi ozo.

    I g’enweta m na: nkiti asato nkiti ato itolu ano nkiti asato otu itolu abuo

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