By Sunday Isuwa, Abuja

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), has said that
the reports for political party primaries, convention and campaign
finance of the previous lections is not affected in the fire incident
that ravaged their headquarters in Abuja.

Just few days after the office of the Accountant General of the
Federation (OAGF) and Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) were gutted
by fire, at around 11.30am Friday, a fire outbreak occurred at a
section of the building housing the election and party monitoring
department and the media centre of INEC.

But the Commission, through it National Commissioner and Chairman,
Information and Voter Education Committee, Festus Okoye, said the
incident was minor and did not affected their officials records except
furniture.

“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,” Okoye said.

“At 11.30am today, 17th April 2020, 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 annex, detached
from the main building of the Independent National Electoral
Commission‘s headquarters.

“Fire fighters 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,” Okoye said.

He disclosed further that apart from some office furniture and
equipment, nothing sensitive was destroyed adding that investigation
into the cause(s) of the fire incident has commenced.

Speaking, the Controller in charge of Abuja Command of Nigerian Fire
Service (NFS), Braimoh Momoh, they were called upon this (Friday)
morning for an assistance and they went.

“Our men that are on duty in INEC on daily basis for 24 hours, quickly
brought the situation under control. Ever before then, we have
succeeded in deploying six fire trucks as well as an ambulance. But no
casualty as recorded,” Momoh said.

On the level of damage, Momoh said it was very minimal and small
adding, “by the time you take it at the roof level, you will think it
is so great. No, because of the PVC used for the ceiling, the level,
of damage is so small. Due to the reaction of the firemen on ground,
they were able to respond promptly on time to make sure they save the
situation. If not, the whole of the building would have been razed
down.

“Our preliminary investigation is still on because snapshots have been
taken where clear and critical analysis will be done. Therefore,
investigation is still on because all what we have done here; we have
invited the investigation department to do the needful, while we also
have taken some sheets in case they will need some information from
us. We relate with them for clear analysis,” Momoh added.

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