The Resident Electoral Commissioner in charge of the Ondo state office of INEC, Ambassador Rufus Akeju says the combined efforts of fire services from the state as well as its Federal and Osun state counterparts helped to quench the devastating fire that almost consume the commission’s office on Thursday night.
Addressing newsmen at the head office of the Commission in Akure, Akeju revealed that the inferno started at about 7:30pm on Thursday 10th September 2020 while the office had closed for work.
The Precision NG reports that 5141 smart card readers were destroyed in the inferno.
He says, “it was the intervention of men of the Ondo State Fire Service, Federal Fire Service and fire service from, Ilesa, Osun State that prevented the fire from spreading to other parts of the office.
“The actual cause of the fire is yet unknown but appropriate agencies are already investigating it,” he said.
He however allayed the fears of the people, saying it won’t affect the scheduled date of the election.
Akeju added that necessary arrangements are being put in place to replace the burnt materials.
He assured that INEC is fully committed to conducting a free, fair, credible and successful governorship election in the state, come 10th October, 2020.