The Lagos State Government is set to arraign one Uzuokwu Solomon on charges of making a hoax call to the emergency responder, according to a statement by the Deputy Director, Public Affairs of the Lagos State Fire and Rescue Service, Ololade Agboola. The offence is punishable under the Lagos State Fire Service law and Command and Control Centre law 2013.
The incident in question occurred on April 14, 2023, when 18-year-old Solomon allegedly called the emergency line of the Fire Service at 5:35 pm from Harmony Estate in the Ajah area of the state, reporting a fire emergency within the estate. As a result, emergency processes were activated and fire trucks were dispatched from the Lekki Phase II Fire service station.
However, upon arrival, it was discovered that there was no fire incident in the estate. Due to the frequency of such calls in the past, the Estate security helped in the investigation, which led to the arrest of the notorious false caller.
Solomon is scheduled to be arraigned before a court of competent jurisdiction at Ogba Magistrate on April 19, 2023, at 9:00 am. Speaking with Journalists, The Director Lagos State Fire and Rescue Service, Mrs Margaret Adeseye, expressed her delight in the arrest of the culprit while reiterating the stand of the State government on malicious false calls.
Adeseye believes that the arrest and consequent arraignment will serve as a deterrent for other misguided citizens who are in the habit of making false calls and misleading emergency responders.