As Nigerians prepare to cast their ballots ahead of Presidential and national legislative elections six days away, the office of the electoral umpire, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Qua’an Pan Local Government area of Plateau State has been razed by fire, which was said to have been caused by a drunk security man, the Commission’s Head of Media, Publicity and Voters Education, Oare tinye Imahiyereobo, has confirmed.
The Street Reporters Newspaper learnt that the incident occurred on
It was also gathered that the incident has caused major setback which could affect the coming election if not urgently addressed.
The INEC official equally expressed sadness saying the inferno which was said to have been caused by a drunken man.
It was gathered that it caused a serious setback to the preparations of the general election in the local government.
“A drunken security man was said to have
caused the fire outbreak. The office is
completely burnt with all its contents including
ballot boxes, generator sets that have been
serviced and filled with fuel, cubicles, newly
printed electronic and manual voters register,
uncollected permanent voter cards (PVCs),
materials for the preparations of RAC and
other materials yet to be identified,” he said
Though the time of the incident was not
established at the time of this report, a
manual effort could not have extinguished the
fire of that magnitude as there is no Fire Service in the local government area and the closest to it is in Shendam, a neighbouring local government area.
At the time of this report, senior INEC officials
from Jos, the State capital have gone to Qua’an Pan to assess the situation and
Imahiyereobo added it was too soon to draw conclusions and suspect sabotage.