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Hoodlums Set Ablaze INEC Office, Destroy Documents

The Office of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Iyana Mortuary Abeokuta, Ogun State has been set ablaze by hoodlums on Thursday morning.

It was gathered that the hoodlums jumped through the fence into the building around 3 am on the 10th of November 2022 to commit the offence.

The hoodlums were said to have soaked loaves of bread in a petrol and thrown into the facility before setting it ablaze.

The security guard on duty identified as Azeez Hamzat made a distress call to the police around 1 am.

Confirming the INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner, Niyi Ijalaye, said the police were still investigating but the office of the Area Registrar and some documents were affected.

He said, “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).”

Meanwhile, the police at Ibara division and firefighters were mobilized to the place.

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