The office of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, in Izzi Local Government Area of Ebonyi State, has been razed down by fire.
PREMIUM TIMES gathered that the fire was caused by bush burning in the area, which later spread to the nearby INEC office.
Witnesses said the fire was beyond control as it occurred at a distant location, far from the fire brigade office, located at Abakaliki, the Ebonyi State capital.
The Caretaker Committee chairman of Izzi LGA, Richard Idike, confirmed the incident, saying the fire caused a serious damage.
“The fire spread to the premises and burnt down the entire building. There was no security man or staff around to quench the fire.
“When I got there, I called the police and alerted the people,” he said.
The electoral officer of INEC in Izzi LGA, Paul Etanen, said the fire destroyed furniture, office documents and other valuables.
He the incident has been reported to the INEC Headquarters in Abakaliki.
PREMIUM TIMES gathered that a series of fire outbreaks recently occurred in Abakaliki, Ohaozara, Ishielu, Ohaukwu, Ebonyi and Izzi LGAs of the state.