Agbili told the News Agency of Nigeria on Tuesday in Onitsha that the fire incidents were mostly caused by bush burning, a development he said extended to nearby buildings.
The president, in a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, in Abuja on Monday, said he was deeply touched by the disaster.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the inferno destroyed the four-room A’isha hostel and valuables but no student was hurt.
He said: “Today, at about 5 a.m, there was fire incident at Abanderi village of Dutse Local Government Area, and the inferno was suspected to have been caused by bush burning.
The Command’s Spokesman, Ebere Amaraizu, said in a statement on Monday that police operatives of Ogui Division in Enugu had begun investigations into the fire outbreaks.
Sophia Mansour, who owned a restaurant in front of the building, said a heavy smoke that was followed by fire came out from one of the vacated rooms at the back side of the building.
Reacting to the incident, Usuma told NAN that the school had canceled the first term examinations earlier slated to begin on Monday (today).
“The students were in the dining hall when the fire started. Books and properties of the students were all razed down, Nothing was removed,” a senior staff of the school told NAN, craving anonymity.
The ANSA news agency said arson on the part of the father was suspected because rescuers found piled up material at the entrance of the flat, presumably used to start the fire.
Several fire engines and an ambulance were deployed at the Movenpick hotel near the Marina district as scores of people gathered outside.