An inferno on Sunday morning gutted the Independent National Electoral Commission’s (INEC) office in Obingwa Local Government Area of Abia, the News Agency of Nigeria reports.
The fire destroyed documents, furniture and other valuables in the office leaving only the wall of the building and remains of materials made of steel.
A witness, Chinyere Akwarandu, an official of the local government council, said a corps member alerted him of the fire at 11 a.m. in his house
Mr. Akwarandu said the NYSC member, serving with the INEC, reported that their building was on fire, following which he raced to the scene. He said that on arrival at the scene efforts were made to put out the fire, but the force of the inferno later prompted them to attempt to prevent it from extending to other buildings in the council secretariat.
“We tried what we could to stop it but it was too fierce for us. Earlier, we had called the fire service but they told us they had no diesel to drive their truck,” the witness said.
Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia was among the early visitors to the council secretariat to assess the extent of damage.
While inspecting the scene of the fire incident, he totally condemned the act, describing the perpetrators as “enemies of the state”.
Gov. Ikpeazu, who expressed shock at the level of damage done to the building, urged the police and other law enforcement agencies to ensure that the culprits were brought to book.
He also called on the Police and Army to beef up security in all INEC offices in the state to prevent a recurrence of any such incidents.