By: Oluwatosin Adesola
Outbreak of fire incident has occurred at the Ondo state headquarters of INEC at exactly a month to the October 10 governorship election in the state.
The cause of the inferno is yet to be known by SUNSHINETRUTH, but it was gathered that about 5,000 card reader machines had been damaged by the fire while other election materials are in danger.
The officials of INEC were said to have contacted the fire station which is less than 500 metres to the INEC office but with no response.
INEC Commissioner in charge of information and voters Education, Festus Okoye, who spoke to our reporters at the scene of the incident said the fire affected the ICT section of the commission, saying over 5100 card readers had been burnt in the inferno.
He explained that about 1000 card readers delivered to the INEC from Osun were also burnt in the fire incident while the over 4000 belonging to the INEC in the state were also burnt.
Men of the fire service who arrived later at the scene of the fire after an hour were helpless as their truck refused to work while the fire servicemen from the airport arrived at exactly 9:14 pm.