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Fire guts INEC headquarters in Abuja, cause under investigation

Barely two days after a section of the Corporate Affairs Commission headquarters in Maitama, Abuja, was gutted by fire, the Media Center of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Abuja, Friday has also been gutted by fire.

National Commissioner in charge of Information and Voter Education, Festus Okoye, confirmed that the fire only affected the Department of Electoral and Party Monitoring section, an annex detached from the main building of the commission’s head office.

Okoye stated that the fire fighters attached to the Commission swiftly responded to contain the inferno and was later joined by their colleagues from the Federal Fire Service Headquarter in the FCT.

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The Commissioner explained that the fire broke out as a result of an electrical fault at the office of the Director of Electoral and Party Monitoring located close to the Media Centre of the Commission.

Okoye assured that there was no cause for alarm as no sensitive documents at the commission’s headquarter was lost to the fire. He said all reports of party primaries and conventions are intact as well as the campaign finance database.

The Commissioner therefore noted that the incident will not affect the administrative or technical operations of the Commission in any way and that investigation on the fire incident has commenced.

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