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Ogun INEC office set on fire

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Suspected hoodlums burnt an office of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) at Iyana Mortuary lll in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, in the early hours of Thursday.

The hoodlums, numbering about eight, reportedly scaled the perimeter fence, jumped into the premises and set the INEC building on fire from the back.

It was gathered that the hoodlums after invading the premises, soaked loaves of bread with petrol and threw same into the building at different angles to light up the INEC office.

A security guard at the facility identified as Azeez Hamzat reportedly made a distress call to the Police around 1 am alerting them on the fire incident.

The Police from Ibara division reportedly mobilised detectives to the scene and later contacted men of fire service in the state , who raced to the scene to put out the fire.

The state INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner, Mr Niyi Ijalaye confirmed the incident, describing it as shocking.

The REC said the situation was still being assessed.

He said: “It is correct that our office was set on fire. The Police are investigating. I do not know what to say. I’m in shock myself.

“We called the Police and other security agencies at night. The fire brigade put the situation under control. The level of damage is still being assessed.

“It is very shocking and untoward. The security agencies are doing their very best. We are meeting again later today to come up with other strategies (toward securing our facilities)”.

A source in the INEC hinted that the store, the Registration Area Officer’s office, and the conference room were affected by the inferno.

The source said that non-sensitive materials were also affected by the fire.

“No life was lost and no injury was sustained in the fire”, the source disclosed.

The state Police Public Relations Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi could not be reached for comments as of the time of filing this report.

Credit: The PUNCH

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