Fire razes INEC office in Osun

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Some parts of the office of the Independent National Electoral Commission in Ede South Local Government Area, located within the premises of the council area in Oke Iresi, Ede, was on Thursday razed down by fire.

PUNCH Metro learnt that smoke was observed from the conference room of the secretariat some minutes to 10am and the firemen were immediately called to the scene.

According to an eyewitness, who preferred not to be named in the press, early response of firemen from Osun State Fire Service to the incident, restricted the fire to only the conference room of the secretariat.

He however said the room was completely razed down with furnitures and some other items destroyed in the fire.

It was further learnt that items like knife, slices of bread, a keg containing petrol and a fez cap were recovered from the scene of the fire, raising suspicion of arson.

The Public Relations Officer of Osun State Fire Service, Ibrahim Adekunle, could not be reached for comment as calls did not go through to his line and he had not responded to a text message sent to him as of the time of filing this report.

The Public Relations Officer of Osun INEC, Seun Osimosu, however confirmed the incident, saying “It is true. REC is on his way to inspect the scene. We will respond appropriately soonest.”

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