Fire at INEC building will not affect elections – Official

The fire that engulfed a part of the Electoral Institute of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, will not affect the general elections, an official has said.

Since the news of the fire incident broke early Sunday, there has been apprehension that sensitive materials for the elections could have been affected.

The warehouse of the institute, located along Airport road, Abuja, was gutted by fire, said to have started at about 11 p.m. on Saturday and put out at about 2 a.m. on Sunday.

According to INEC Director of Security, Shettima Ngilladar, only non-sensitive materials used during the 2011 elections were stored in the warehouse.
Mr. Ngilladar also dismissed speculations that the fire was politically motivated.

While conducting journalists around the warehouse, he said the incident was caused by an ‘electric fault.’

“These are non-sensitive materials that have been banned in the warehouse. You will see it yourself, it is not hidden,” he said.

“It is something clear, this banned non-sensitive materials have nothing to do with the (March 28 and April 11) elections.

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


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  • lilian ugo

    Hmmmm! APC at work

    • GEJisaDISASTER

      This is the handwork of an Igbo man

      • kunledabiri

        Igbo’s are wicked people there the real losses.

        • Satan owns Nigeria

          Fools rejoice before the war is over! Yoruba cowards may think the war of cowardice by savage children killer Awolowo (Blockade/starvation of defenceless children) is over. They may be in for a rude shock, because the God of justice will soon visit them with the spirit of over 5Million innocent Biafra children murdered by Awo/Gowan/British/Nigeria & co…. The WWII battle against Biafra may have ‘ended’ but not the war with Satanic Nigeria is not over!
          Peace will remain an illusion to the and their generation… Or are you not enjoying the bitter fruit of your sadist war against children of God?

          • DJ INSIGNIA

            Yorubas need to be careful…..they are backbiters. They never learn lessons from their actions. All they do is follow follow!

        • Satan owns Nigeria

          Backstabbing Yorubas will soon realise that the whole world is now aware of their pathological treachery and wickedness, even their former ally Hausa/Fulani never trusted them at least after Obasanjo’s last display of real Yoruba character of backstabbing and reaping where they never sow, the remaining folks that was not sure of what Yoruba’s were made of is now convinced that they are the last to put trust on or allied with, because at the eleventh hour they’ll show their true colour!
          Soon Biafrans will leave whether ‘leecheous’ Yorubas like it or not, then their laziness will be exposed to the whole world!

      • Satan Owns Nigeria

        And if it turns out to be a sadist from your nation nko?

    • amazing2012

      Probe why will APC do this ! To us, PDP can be the first suspect because they never want the election to hold. You hate change, you remain in poverty and fear and slavery generation unborn !!

  • Khadijah D.

    We all know those against election taking place. They have done all sorts of scheming from postponement to fear of card readers etc. We all those who are now desperate and can do anything to remain in power

    • dd

      This is APC at work again. Trying to show that GEJ is not ready for the election whereas they are the one afraid of GMB defeat. No amount of intimidation from Boko Haram to Burning down INEC will make GEJ leave the office.

      • Lammyz Joy

        Haba….. APC hasn’t be afraid of election! Ask Jonathan very well, he has been the onee looking restless about this election. Any attempt to postpone this election, God will surely disrupt it

      • tom

        dd let your mind be at rest this your blame game serves neither you or your supporters no good, the only person that look desperate during election is your ebele jonathan, he was given an opportunity and he damed it, unfortunately for him opportunity for presidency comes once, not even his bribing and niceties can turn the page for him, kindly tell him that his faith have been decided long before now and the only thing he owes us and that is if he wants to safe face and the little credibility he has left, is to give us a free and fair election, there is no second guessing were our vote is going.

      • kunledabiri

        Biafra’s men Igbo’s u know u don’t have land in your places that’s will contain u all
        So u have keep ur mouth closed bcus anything happend ur d losser .

  • Garden-City Boy

    The same way they set the CBN on fire the moment Sanusi Lamido Sanusi was busted. APC-JANJAWEED personifies criminality in all its ramifications. This is not unexpected since their desperate scheme to disfranchise millions of southern voters was blown. It is surprising that this President still keeps Prof. Jega who has clearly shown he allowed himself to be compromised by the APC-JANJAWEED. Jega open bias makes him an uworthy umpire in the oncoming polls.

  • dd

    APC put the place on fire knowingly well that the material are not for 2015 election but did it to make Jonathan look so afraid. So after the defeat of Buhari they will say GEJ postpone election, set INEC warehouse on fire and how manage he win?

  • Dan Arewa

    Fire or no fire, election must hold and PDPigs must be rooted out. Jonathanians beware.

  • blueeyedkitten

    it is not politically motivated? okey o. we hear.

  • Rommel

    After they will be saying that the conspiracy theoreticians are delusional,let the PDP continue these kinds of behavior,elections must be held fire outbreak or not

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  • Uju

    After blaming GEJ for postponing the election – when it was an INEC decision, they will blame him too for the fire they set. But we will see how much lying will help out on the 28th.

  • Fillip

    The APC is burning down the INEC buildings just like the want to burn our constitution and country.