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Suspected hoodlums invade Ogun INEC office, set facility on fire

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Hoodlums, in the early hours of Thursday, set on fire an office of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) at Iyana Mortuary, Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital.

AFRIPOST gathered that the hoodlums of about eight jumped the perimeter fence into the premises and set the INEC building on fire.

They used loaves of bread soaked with petrol and threw them into the building at different angles to set the INEC office ablaze.

A security guard on duty during the attack, Azeez Hamzat, made a distress call to the police around 1 a.m.

The police from Ibara division were mobilized to the scene while contacting firefighters, who raced to the scene to put out the fire.

It was gathered that the store, the Registration Area Officer’s office and the conference room were all touched by the inferno.

No life was lost and no injury was sustained in the fire,” DAILY POST learnt.

The Ogun INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner, Niyi Ijalaye, while confirming the incident, described it as shocking.

“It is correct that our office was set on fire. The police are investigating. I do not know what to say. I’m in shock myself. We called the police and other security agencies at night. The fire brigade put the situation under control. The level of damage is still being assessed.

“It is very shocking and untoward. Security agencies are doing their very best. We are meeting again later today to come up with other strategies (toward securing our facilities),” Ijalaye said.

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