Fire guts office

Fire on Friday gutted the Bassa local government office of the State Independent Electoral Commission, Kogi State.

The incident came few hours after three opposition parties had announced a boycott of Saturday’s local government elections in the state.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the incident occurred around 8pm, shortly after the office had taken delivery of election materials from Lokoja ahead of the polls.

The fire destroyed all the election materials and other office equipment.

Electoral Commissioner in charge of Media and Public Affairs, Mr. Adejoh Idachaba, confirmed the incident to NAN.

He said the fire incident was the handiwork of arsonists, whose aim was to stop the elections.

Idachaba said the elections would, still hold in the area as fresh materials would be delivered.

“The loss of the materials to fire will not stop the elections,” he said.

When contacted on the incident, the state Police Public Relations Officer, an Assistant Superintendent of Police, Ajayi Okasami, said he only heard about the incident.

“I have yet to confirm from the Divisional Police Officer in Oguma,” he said.

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