Fire Guts Another INEC Office In Enugu
Aledeh News reports that the Headquarters of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Achi Street, Independence Layout, Enugu, Southeastern Nigeria, has been set ablaze by hoodlums.
The Commissioner of Police, Mohammed Aliyu who confirmed the incident, said the fire outbreak occurred on Sunday night.
Aliyu said, “Yet to be identified armed miscreants on Sunday, May 16, at about 8:30 p.m., attempted to set the Enugu Headquarters of the INEC ablaze but were stiffly resisted by joint security operatives, who swiftly mobilised to the scene.
“The Enugu State Fire Service personnel that promptly responded to calls helped in quenching the fire, which had already set on five vehicles and two cushions within the office complex.”
He has, therefore, ordered the deployment of adequate security within the precincts of the INEC office complex and ordered an investigation into the incident.
The Chief Fire Officer of the State, Okwudili Ohaa, said the timely intervention of the fire service saved the building from burning down completely.
Ohaa stated that five operational vehicles were completely burnt and one was partially burnt.
According to him, the firefighters were able to put out the fire by 10:30 pm.
He added, “Our timely intervention saved INEC headquarters Enugu from burning completely.
“We were able to quench the fire immediately as it tried to spread to the main building of the INEC Headquarters.
“It only gutted two seats, probably visitors’ seats at the corridors upstairs.”
The Commission’s offices in Akwa Ibom and Abia were also razed earlier in the month.