Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Nigeria: Electoral body rules out sabotage in warehouse inferno

The electoral institute of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) was gutted by fire yesterday ‎just as the commission ruled out political mischief and sabotage in the incident.

The warehouse in the electoral institute was hit by the fire outbreak which started at 11pm on Saturday night and was extinguished at 2am yesterday morning.

The director of security of INEC, Shettima Ngilladar, who showed newsmen around the affected area, said the fire was used by power surge which caused the electrical panel to go up in flames.

While he explained that no electoral materials for the 2015 elections was in the warehouse as they have been deployed to the state, he ruled out political mischief as cause of the fire.

He said the materials affected were old stock used in 2011 noting that security agencies are already investigating the matter.

The INEC security chief said “these are non-sensitive materials that have been banned in the warehouse. You will see it yourself it is not hidden. It something clear, this banned non sensitive materials have nothing to do with the elections.

“They are old materials in store that has not been evacuated. These are old stock of non-sensitive materials, like bags, envelopes, election forms which were used in 2011 elections. They won’t be used for 2015 elections. Everything here is non-sensitive. Police on ground and security investigation is on.”


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