Imo INEC Office On Fire

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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC’s) office in Orlu, Imo state was on Monday, February 3, gutted by fire.

The Sun reports that the fire was said to have started about 6 am from a nearby bush around the INEC office in Orlu local government area of Imo state.

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Sources said the fire may have been ignited by some farmers in the area and became uncontrollable as a result of the harmattan.

Confirming the incident, the INEC’s state spokesperson, Emmanuella Opara, said, “Yes, we can confirm that the fire actually burnt the INEC office, but we cannot say for sure the level of damage and what caused it because we are yet to visit the scene,” Opara said.

Also speaking, the state’s fire service director, Japhet Okereafor, said he was aware of the incident.

Okereafor also said that men of the fire service could not extinguish the fire because of the non-availability of a vehicle and even a driver to drive the vehicle. “I am aware of the fire incident but we don’t have enough vehicles and the only driver we have was not around,” Okereafor said.

It was also gathered that properties worth millions were on Sunday, February 2, destroyed by the fire which allegedly emanated from bush burning.