Fire guts INEC office in Abuja

By Victor Akuma

The Media Centre of the Independent National Electoral Commission headquarters, Abuja has been gutted by fire on Friday morning by an unknown cause.

The incident which was confirmed by INEC’s director of publicity and voter education Oluwale Osaze-Uzzi started around 10:30 am but was quickly put out by a combined efforts of fire fighters.

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“The fire started at about 10:30am and was quickly put out by a combined team of firefighters from the Federal Fire Service and the FCT Fire Service; assisted by officials of the National Emergency Management Agency,” Oluwale said.

The incident is said to have affected the commission’s media centre and the office of the director of voter registry, Emmanuel Akem, destroying valuable documents.

Oluwale also told newsmen that the operational capacity of the commission was in no way affected.

“Apart from office equipment and the personal effects of the Voter Registry Director which were lost to the fire incident, the operational capacity of the commission has not in any way been affected,” he said.

The development comes days after the Corperate Affairs Commission (CAC) office Abuja and that of the Accountant General of the Federation (AGF) were also gutted by fire.

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