The Secretariat of Kaduna State Correspondents’ Chapel of Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) was in the early hours of yesterday gutted by fire.

The incident, according to eyewitness account, started at about 1 a.m, and destroyed most part of the secretariat. The cause of the fire remains unknown at the time of filling this report. But the inferno burnt property worth millions of naira as well as some vital documents including working tools of some of the members yet to be quantified.

Meanwhile, Chairman of the chapel, Mr. Midat Joseph has called on members to remain calm and go about their normal jobs as efforts to remedy the situation is being solicited. Mr. Joseph said the police authorities have been informed of the incident, and urged members to wait for the outcome of police investigations.

The State Governor, Malam Nasir el-rufai has commiserated with members of the chapel. Speaking through his adviser on media and publicity, Samuel Aruwan, the governor promised to assist and ensure that the burnt secretariat is given the necessary facelift as soon as possible.

Also, a sympathizer and founder of Sickle Cell Health Promotion Centre, Hajiya Badiya Magaji Inuwa commiserated with the chapel and donated some amount of money to the secretariat.