Fire Outbreak: INEC Reacts

INEC media Centre destroyed by fire on Friday in Abuja.

By Shola Akingboye – 17th April, 2020

The Independent National Electoral Commission has reacted to the fire outbreak at its headquarters, the electoral body noted that the incident would not affect the administrative or technical operations of the Commission.

As earlier reported that there was a fire outbreak at the Headquarters of INEC on Friday.

The Media Centre of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) headquarters in Abuja on Friday was gutted by fire.
News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) gathered that the fire incident at the media centre, which is located within the commission’s headquarters, but not within its main building, started at around 11:30 a.m.

The electoral body stated this in a statement released through its National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, Festus Okoye in Abuja.

Okoye while speaking on the fire outbreak noted that the incident did not cause any substantial damage to the building.

He stated that at 11.30 a.m on Friday, a fire outbreak occurred at a section of the building housing the Election and Party Monitoring Department and the Media Centre.

The building is an annexe, detached from the main building of the INEC’s headquarters.

He said, “Firefighters attached to the Commission swiftly responded to contain the inferno and they were later joined by their colleagues from the Federal Fire Service headquarters in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).”

“The fire was extinguished within a short period of time and did not cause any substantial damage to the building.”

“Apart from some office furniture and equipment, nothing sensitive was destroyed. Reports of party primaries and conventions are intact.”

“The campaign finance database is also not affected. The incident will, therefore, not affect the administrative or technical operations of the Commission in any way.”

However, he said investigations into the cause of the fire incident had commenced.

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