Ogun state INEC office set ablaze by suspected hoodlums

Our reporter| The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC)  office at Iyana Mortuary, Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital was on Thursday set ablaze by suspected hoodlums.

The hoodlums, numbering about eight, had scaled the perimeter fence, jumped into the premises, and reportedly soaked loaves of bread with petrol and threw same into the building at different angles to light up the INEC office.

The security guard at the facility, Azeez Hamzat, made a distress call to the police around 1 a.m., saying the facility was on fire.

The police from Ibara division were said to have mobilized detectives to the scene, while contacting fire fighters, who raced to the scene to put out the fire but not before the store, the Registration Area Officer’s office, and the conference room had been razed by the inferno.

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“No life was lost and no injury was sustained in the fire,” a source in the commission told reporters on Thursday morning.

The Ogun INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner, Niyi Ijalaye, while confirming the incident, described it as shocking.

“It is correct that our office was set on fire. The police are investigating. I do not know what to say. I’m in shock myself. We called the police and other security agencies at night. The fire brigade put the situation under control. The level of damage is still being assessed.

“It is very shocking and untoward. Security agencies are doing their very best. We are meeting again later today to come up with other strategies (toward securing our facilities),” he said.

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