INEC, Police in collaboration to unravel cause of fire outbreak at Akure office

INEC, Police in collaboration to unravel cause of fire outbreak at Akure office

The Commissioner of Police in Ondo State, Mr Salami Bolaji, has described Thursday’s fire incident at the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Headquarters, Akure as an unfortunate occurrence.

Bolaji made the remark when he visited the scene of the inferno on Friday, September 11, over the reported destruction of two container loads of INEC card readers and other stationeries.

1st News had reported that the inferno destroyed no fewer than 5,141 card readers meant for the state governorship poll on Oct. 10.

According to him, the Police command, in conjunction with INEC management and the Ondo State Fire Service, will launch an investigation into the cause of the fire outbreak.

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Salami said it was regrettable that the incident happened close to the date of the governorship election in the state.

The commissioner assured all law-abiding citizens of adequate security during the poll.

He said that people should not entertain any fear as the command was fully prepared to give the state a kind of police protection never seen in Ondo State.

Salami, however, warned those harbouring criminal ideas, before, during, or after the election and electioneering campaigns, to jettison such ideas.

He said that any criminal element nab, “should be ready to sit tight at any Correctional Service detention camps in the state’’.

Meanwhile, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Thursday, September 10; explained it was alarmed by the directive given by President Muhammadu Buhari to ministers to “go on the offensive;” against Nigerians in projecting its achievements.

This admonition against Buhari was contained in a statement; signed by the PDP National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, in Abuja.

He said “The PDP is alarmed by President Muhammadu Buhari’s directive to officials of his administration to ‘go on the offensive;’ against Nigerians, who are patriotically crying out under the burden of economic hardship foisted on them by his insensitive; clueless; deceptive; and also extremely corrupt administration.

“The PDP asserts that such a directive in a ministerial retreat which ought to be a problem-solving forum; is symptomatic of an administration that has become overwhelmed by the reality of its own failures; and also now seeking desperate measures to suppress the voice of the people.

“Our Party declares that such anti-people stance amounts to a huge betrayal by President Buhari, who, before his elections; promised Nigerians an Eldorado; only to now turn around to label their cries and demands for good governance; security; and basic necessities of life; particularly at the time they are agitating for reduction in the cost of fuel and electricity; as “irresponsible as well as politically motivated.”

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