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BREAKING: Suspected Hoodlums Set Ogun INEC Office On Fire

In the early hours of Thursday, suspected hoodlums set fire to the Independent National Electoral Commission’s office at Iyana Mortuary ll in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital.

According to our source, roughly eight hoodlums scaled the outer gate, stormed inside the grounds, and set fire to the INEC building from the back.

According to reports, the hoodlums drenched loaves of bread with petrol and tossed them into the building at various angles to light up the INEC headquarters.


It was also learned that a security guard at the business, Azeez Hamzat, had placed a distress call to the police about 1 a.m., alerting them to the fire.


The police from Ibara division reportedly dispatched detectives to the area and afterwards alerted men from the state’s fire department, who rushed to the scene to extinguish the fire.

When contacted, Niyi Ijalaye, the Ogun INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner, confirmed the occurrence and described it as disturbing.

The REC stated that the case was still being evaluated.

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.

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


According to an INEC source, the fire damaged the store, the Registration Area Officer’s office, and the conference room.

According to the source, non-sensitive materials were also harmed by the fire.

“There was no loss of life or injury as a result of the fire,” the person said.


Abimbola Oyeyemi, the Ogun State Police Public Relations Officer, could not be reached for comment at the time of reporting this article.


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