10 February 2019

Nigeria: Fire Guts INEC Office, Destroys Election Material

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Plateau State INEC office in flames.

The office of the Independent National Electoral Commission in Qua'an Pan Local Government area in Plateau State on Saturday night gutted by fire.

This is coming less than a week to the 2019 presidential election.

Osaretin Imahiyereobo, Plateau State INEC Head of Department, Voter Education and Publicity, in a statement, confirmed the disaster.

"The INEC office is completely burnt with all its content... ballot boxes, Generators serviced and filled with fuel, cubicles, newly printed electronic and manual voters register, uncollected PVCs, materials for the preparations of RAC and other materials yet to be identified," Imahiyereobo said.

According to Imahiyereobo, the incident was caused by a drunken security man.

Imahiyereobo described the incident as a setback for the preparations for the general elections in the Local Government Area.

"The management team led by the Administrative Secretary, Gbadamasi Rasheed are on their way to assess the situation."

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