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  • Updated: November 10, 2022

Ogun INEC Office Set Ablaze By Hoodlums

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) office at Iyana, Abeokuta, Ogun State has been set on fire by suspected hoodlums.

Per reports, the hoodlums who were eight in number scaled the fence of the building and set it ablaze from the back.

It was gathered that they committed the act by soaking loaves of bread with petrol and throwing them into the building from different angles.

A distress call was made to the police at 1 am by the security guard at the facility, Azeez Hamzat and the police at Ibara division sent officers to the scene while contacting firefighters.

The store, the Registration Area Officer’s office and the conference room were all affected by the fire.

A source also revealed that non-sensitive materials were also affected by the inferno.

Confirming the incident, the Ogun INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner, Niyi Ijalaye described 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. Security agencies are doing their very best. We are meeting again later today to come up with other strategies toward securing our facilities,” he stated.

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