The INEC, Independent National Electoral Commission office media centre section in Abuja was engulfed by fire on Friday morning.
The National Commissioner and Chairman of INEC Information and Voter Education Committee, Festus Okoye, disclosed that,
The fire started around 11:00 am, it was at the Media Centre outside the INEC Headquarters, the Headquarters is intact, and there is no cause for alarm. The main documents relating to our monitoring of political parties are still intact, they have been moved out before the fire. What we have here are just correspondences. But we have lost public properties and our working equipment. We are still trying to find out what happened
Okoye emphasized that the affected section was the Election and Party Monitoring Department (EPM), it was completely razed by the blaze that started at around 11:00 am. However, the INEC National Commissioner and Chairman of Information and Voters’ Education, Festus Okoye, said that no critical document was lost in the fire except computers and photocopying machines.
Okoye disclosed that some documents relating to political parties were burnt but the important ones were stored in fireproof cabinets. Recall that few days ago that the Treasury House in the Office of the Accountant General of the Federation and the Headquarters of the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) were burnt.