Tragedy struck as midnight fire razed the office of the Independent National Electoral Commission in Obollo-Afor, Udenu local government area of Enugu State.
As at the press time of filling this report, the cause of the fire which was said to have occurred late on Thursday is not known yet.
The police confirmed the fire incident In a statement by the Enugu police spokesman, Daniel Ndukwe, titled, ‘Fire incident at INEC office in Obollo-Afor: CP orders the conduct of the thorough investigation to ascertain the cause of the fire outbreak and damages incurred’.
The statement noted that the combined effort of the state fire service, residents, and security agents prevented the fire from razing other offices.
The statement read in part, “Following a distress call received at Udenu Police Divisional Headquarters of Enugu State Command on 13/05/2021 at about 2140hrs, alleging that there was fire outbreak at the Obollo-Afor Office of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Udenu L.G.A. of the State.
“Operatives attached to the Division immediately raced to the scene, while contacting Fire Service Office in the area to promptly put out the fire.
“Preliminary investigation suggests that the fire, which was eventually put out before it could spread to other offices around the building, through the combined efforts of the State Fire Service, the Police and law-abiding citizens, may have been caused by power surge due to sudden power supply to the building.
“Meanwhile, the Commissioner of Police, Mohammed Aliyu, has ordered the cordoning off of the scene and launch of thorough investigation to further ascertain the actual cause of the fire outbreak and damages incurred.”
Recall that the INEC office in Essien Udim Local Government Area was also gutted by fire on May 2, 2021.
Also, on 2nd April, 2021 tragedy struck in the ancient city of Kano following a morning fire on Tuesday which razed the entire Information and Communications Technology centre and an administrative office at the Independent National Electoral Commission.