The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) at Iyana, Abeokuta, the Ogun State Capital was set on fire by some suspected hoodlums. The hoodlums numbering about eight, had scaled the perimeter fence, jumped into the premises and set the INEC building on fire from the back.
They were said to have soaked loaves of bread with petrol and threw same into the building at different angles to light up the INEC office, which after the security guard at the facility, Azeez Hamzet, made a distress call to the police around 1:00 am that 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.
It was gathered that the store, the Registration Area Officer’s office and the conference room were affected by the inferno as well as non-sensitive materials were also affected by the fire. But no life was lost and no injury sustained from the fire.
Meanwhile, the Ogun INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner, Niyi Ijalay has confirmed the incident, describing 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. The security agencies are doing their very best. We are meeting again later today to come up with other strategies (toward securing our facilities),” Ijalaye said.
The Ogun State Police Public Relations Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi is yet to be reached.