BREAKING NEWS

Ondo INEC office on fire, Smartcard readers destroyed ahead of gov poll

By Tunde Olorungbotemi











The Ondo State office of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC is currently on fire.


The fire outbreak which started around 8:45pm at the ICT unit of the commission.











Over 5000 card readers have been destroyed in the inferno, according to reports.


The cause of the outbreak is unknown at the moment.







When one of our correspondents visited the scene, security operatives cordoned off the premises.


The Chief Press Secretary to INEC chairman, Rotimi Oyekanmi, confirmed the incident in a short statement titled ‘Fire at INEC office in Akure’.


He noted that the commission would commence an immediate investigation into the cause of the fire.







He said, “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.







“INEC National Commissioner and Chairman of its Information and Voter Education Committee, Festus Okoye, who is in Ondo State in connection with preparations for the Ondo State Governorship election scheduled for October 10, 2020, rushed to the office about 8 pm.


“The Administrative Secretary of the State, Mr. Popoola, and some staff of the commission are also there.


“Okoye said an investigation into the cause of the fire will commence promptly after the fire has been contained.”












The commission is situated in Alagbaka area of Akure, the state capital.


Governorship election in the state had been scheduled for October 10, 2020.











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