Activities at the Headquarters of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Abuja w as grounded for several hours as section of it was gutted by fire.
The incident came barely 18 months after a similar one occurred in the office of the commission’s chairman, Professor Attahiru Jega, causing destruction on the visitors’ room as well as computer sections.
Witnesses say the fire which started in the Voter Registry Department at about 9am may have been caused by electrical fault.
The fire did not cause much damage as the men of the Federal Fire Service and the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, were on hand to contend the situation.
Director of Information Communication Technology (ICT), Mr. Chidi Nwafor, said vital document of the commission were not affected.
Nwafor said, “There was a fire incident this morning. Between 9:12am to 9:30am we started perceiving odour like a burnt odour, so what we did was to look for the place. It was in the department they call voter registry.
“Most of us that were around that time had to use the normal fire extinguisher to try to stop the fire and at the same time we called the fire service and the fire service came, when the fire service came the NEMA came, as I am talking to you now the fire has been quenched so no more fire now. It was only one office that was affected,” he stated.
The ICT Director, who admitted that only office equipment was damaged, however said that the cause of the fire outbreak was yet to be established and that preliminary investigations would be carried out to ascertain the real cause of the incident.