The technical team of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) has began a search over the origin of the fire outbreak at their headquarters in Abuja.
The incident was confirmed to have happened on Sunday and reports read that three sections of the building was affected by the fire.
Muhammad Babandede, the Comptroller General of NIS, during a press conference withjournalists in Abuja on Monday mentioned the affected sections and they include:
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1) The Call Center where about 10,000 calls are received, within and outside Nigeria on passport and visa matters.
2) Interpol Connectivity where the Service says they have lost connectivity with the airport and 24 locations.
3). The Migration Information and data analysis system.
Babandede also added that the ICT department have been able to retrieve hard disks.
According to the Immigration boss, the fire outbreak won’t affect any of the processes already in the works and he put the minds of Nigerians to rest by assuring them that their team is already taking necessary steps to restore connectivity.
He said they hope to be back to work in as little as four days.
Also, the Permanent Secretary Ministry of Interior and Representative of the Minister, Shuaib Belgore, mentioned that no data was lost to the fire as all the systems were backed up prior to the unfortunate incident.
Mr. Belgore also expressed pleasure at the prompt response of the institute to the incident, but not without stating that the cooperation of every member of the institution is already involved in carrying out an investigation devoid of abnormalities.