The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has spoken on the fire outbreak at the commission’s head office in Akure, Ondo state.
The commission in a statement on Friday stated that investigations are ongoing into the cause of the fire.
The statement read, “Fire broke out today, Thursday, September 10, 2020 at the Ondo State Head Office of the Independent National Electoral Commission in Akure. The inferno, which gutted the container housing Smart Card Readers, started at 7.30 pm. Men of the Fire Service are however currently containing the fire.”
“National Commissioner, Barrister Festus Okoye, who is in Ondo State in connection with preparations for the Ondo State Governorship election scheduled for 10th October 2020, rushed to the office at about 8pm.”
“The Administrative Secretary of the State, Mr. Popoola and some staff of the Commission are also there.
”Barrister Okoye said investigation into the cause of the fire will commence promptly after the fire has been contained.”
Reports gathered state that the Fire outbreak burnt over 5,000 card readers, Politics Nigeria reports.