By Ezeocha Nzeh
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) became the third critical agency of the country that has been engulfed in a fire disaster within the past three weeks, as the commissions Polititical Party Monitoring unit was raised by a mysterious fire on Friday
The inferno happened barely three days days after the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) and about two weeks after the Treasury House in Abuja were gutted by fire during the Coronavirus induced compulsory lockdown in the nation’s capital city
The fire, which started around past 11am affected the Media Centre of the commission and the Election Party Monitoring unit .
It was however gathered that the fire could not cause much damage, as it only razed few documents, mainly correspondence between the commission and political parties before it was put under control
INEC National Commissioner and Chairman of Information and Voter Education Committee, Festus Okoye, who confirmed the incident to journalists at the INEC headquarters said only few properties of the commission, including photocopiers, fax machines, computers as well files containing political parties correspondence with the commission were damaged, adding that important documents at the section had already been evacuated as the Director of Political Party Monitoring department was already relocating to another office
“There is no cause for any alarm. The inferno did not cause any serious damage. Only few machines and not too important political parties correspondences with the commission were damaged” Okoye said
He said INEC had earlier in a circular directed all it’s offices to be on alert of such incident, especially at this period if lockdown