Fire out break in Imo airport as passagers flee






Breaking news from Owerri have it that there is pandemonium as the Sam Mbakwe International Cargo Airport in Owerri, the Imo state capital, is currently on fire.



It is yet to be ascertained what caused the fire outbreak as at the time of this report was being put together as men of the state fire service and other emergency officials are presently at the scene trying to put out the flames.


The Sam Mbakwe International Cargo Airport in Owerri is the first state-government built airport but it was later taken over by the Federal Government and handed over to FAAN to manage.



The fire was said to have started around 2:10 pm and lasted for over 50 minutes.

Firemen and airport workers have, however, put out the fire.


The source said: “It was a mysterious fire outbreak. It happened at the arrival department of the airport where the authority was carrying out renovation work.

“It would have caused bigger havoc but for the arrival of men of the fire service.


“It started around 2:10pm and raged for 50 minutes. It damaged equipment and infrastructure but the rescue work assisted in savaging the situation.”

Imo police spokesperson, Orlando Ikeokwu, when contacted, said he had not being officially briefed on the incident.

Breaking news from Owerri have it that there is pandemonium as the Sam Mbakwe International Cargo Airport in Owerri, the Imo state capital, is currently on fire.



It is yet to be ascertained what caused the fire outbreak as at the time of this report was being put together as men of the state fire service and other emergency officials are presently at the scene trying to put out the flames.


The Sam Mbakwe International Cargo Airport in Owerri is the first state-government built airport but it was later taken over by the Federal Government and handed over to FAAN to manage.

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The fire was said to have started around 2:10 pm and lasted for over 50 minutes.

Firemen and airport workers have, however, put out the fire.


The source said: “It was a mysterious fire outbreak. It happened at the arrival department of the airport where the authority was carrying out renovation work.

“It would have caused bigger havoc but for the arrival of men of the fire service.


“It started around 2:10pm and raged for 50 minutes. It damaged equipment and infrastructure but the rescue work assisted in savaging the situation.”

Imo police spokesperson, Orlando Ikeokwu, when contacted, said he had not being officially briefed on the incident.

The Sam Mbakwe International Cargo Airport (IATA: QOW, ICAO: DNIM), also known as Imo State Airport, serves Owerri, the capital city of Imo State in southeastern Nigeria. Owerri is one of the fastest growing, developing cities after Lagos and Abuja in Nigeria.

Other cities served by the airport are, the commercial city of Onitsha, automobile and manufacturing city of Nnewi in Anambra State, the industrial hub of Aba, Umuahia and Arochukwu in Abia State. Others are Okigwe, Oguta, and Orlu business districts in Imo State. The airport also serves some parts of Akwa Ibom and Cross River States in the South South part of Nigeria.




The airport is named in honor of a former governor and politician-philanthropist, the late Chief Sam Mbakwe of Imo State. It is the first state-government-built airport. Navy Commodore Anthony E. Oguguo, who was military governor of Imo State from 1990 to 1992 during the military regime of General Ibrahim Babangida, commissioned and built the airport.


He famously said “I saw money and looked away, it is not everything; we can all do the same and teach it to our children.” It was later taken over by the federal government. result for sam mbakwe airport
The Sam Mbakwe International Cargo Airport (IATA: QOW, ICAO: DNIM), also known as Imo State Airport, serves Owerri, the capital city of Imo State in southeastern Nigeria. Owerri is one of the fastest growing, developing cities after Lagos and Abuja in Nigeria.

Other cities served by the airport are, the commercial city of Onitsha, automobile and manufacturing city of Nnewi in Anambra State, the industrial hub of Aba, Umuahia and Arochukwu in Abia State. Others are Okigwe, Oguta, and Orlu business districts in Imo State. The airport also serves some parts of Akwa Ibom and Cross River States in the South South part of Nigeria.

The airport is named in honor of a former governor and politician-philanthropist, the late Chief Sam Mbakwe of Imo State. It is the first state-government-built airport. Navy Commodore Anthony E. Oguguo, who was military governor of Imo State from 1990 to 1992 during the military regime of General Ibrahim Babangida, commissioned and built the airport.

He famously said “I saw money and looked away, it is not everything; we can all do the same and teach it to our children.” It was later taken over by the federal government.

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