INEC Headquarters Fire: Our Operations Won’t be Affected – Mr Okoye

The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC says the fire that occurred at the commission’s headquarters in Abuja would not affect its operations in any way as nothing significant was destroyed.

INEC’s National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, Mr. Festus Okoye made this known in statement issued in Abuja.

Mr. Okoye explained that the fire broke out around 11:30am at a section of the building housing the Election and Party Monitoring Department and the Media Centre.

He said the fire was quickly contained by the firefighters attached to the commission with the assistance of their colleagues from the Federal Fire Service Headquarters, in the Federal Capital Territory, FCT.

The INEC Official noted that as a result of the quick action of the firefighters, apart from some office equipment and furniture, nothing sensitive was lost to the fire.

He said the reports of party primaries and conventions contained in the annex affected by the fire were intact as well as records of campaign finances.

Mr. Okoye added that investigation into the cause of the fire has commenced with the assurance that the administrative and technical operations of INEC would not be affected in any way by the fire.

Maxwell Oyekunle

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