UPDATED: Fire guts INEC Headquarters

By Okodili Ndidi, Abuja


The Headquarters of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Abuja was on Friday razed by fire.

The affected section, the Election and Party Monitoring Department (EPM), was completely burnt by the inferno that started at about 11 am.

However, INEC National Commissioner and Chairman Voters’ Education and Information, Festus Okoye, said that no critical document was lost in the fire except computers and photocopying machines.

He disclosed that some documents relating to political parties were burnt but the important ones were stored in fireproof cabinets.

According to him: “the fire started around 11 am, it was at the Media Centre outside the INEC Headquarters, the Headquarters is intact, 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 you have here are just correspondences. But we have lost public properties and our working…

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