In recent news, there has been panic in Ondo state as fire gutted the headquarters of the Independent National Electoral Commission in the state.
According to reports, a large number of smart card readers were destroyed to the fire, and the cause and source of the fire is still unknown as at the time of filing this report.
Remember that the Ondo state governorship election is scheduled to hold in one month time.
The incident was confirmed by Rotimi Oyekanmi, The Chief Press Secretary to INEC chairman via a short statement titled, ‘Fire at INEC office in Akure’.
According to Oyekanmi, “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.”
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