Another INEC Office Gutted By Fire In Enugu

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The headquarters of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Enugu State, was on Sunday night gutted by fire.

 

The latest incident occurred barely one week after another INEC office in Obollo-Afor, Udenu, Enugu State, was razed.

The office affected by the latest incident is located at number 1 Achi Street by Agric Bank Bus stop in Independence Layout, Enugu.

 

The Commissioner of Police in the state, Mohammed Aliyu, confirmed the incident in a telephone interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).

 

The commissioner, who did not respond to further questions, said that he was still at the scene of the incident.

 

NAN, however, gathered at the time of filing this report, that the Enugu State Fire Service, as well as the Federal Fire Service, were also doing everything possible to quench the fire.

 

The cause of the latest fire incident has not been established.

 

Several calls made to INEC officials especially the state’s Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Emeka Ononamadu, and the Public Relations Officer by NAN were not picked.

 

INEC recently lamented the series of attacks on its facilities in various states, mainly in the South-east and South-south regions of Nigeria.

 

The commission, in a statement issued last Monday, said its recently renovated office in Ohafia Local Government Area of Abia State was set ablaze by unidentified persons on Sunday night.

 

 

While no casualties were recorded, the commission said the incident led to the destruction of electoral materials and equipment which adversely means loss of millions of taxpayers’ funds.

 

“There are no casualties on the part of our staff on guard duty but the building was virtually destroyed. Apart from furniture items, all electoral materials and office equipment were destroyed.

 

“The matter has been reported to the police for investigation,” the INEC spokesperson, Festus Okoye, said in the statement.

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