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OGUN: Hoodlums set Abeokuta INEC office ablaze

SOME hoodlums have set ablaze the office of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) at Iyana, Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital.

The arsonists, numbering about eight, had reportedly jumped into the premises in the early hours of today and set the INEC building on fire from the back.

They were said to have soaked loaves of bread with petrol and threw the same into the building at different angles to light up the INEC office.

Speaking to newsmen, the security guard at the facility, Azeez Hamzat, claimed he made a distress call to the police around 1 a.m., saying the facility was on fire.

The police from Ibara division were said to have mobilized detectives to the scene, while contacting fire fighters, who raced to the scene to put out the fire.

Meanwhile, the Ogun INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner, Niyi Ijalaye, has confirmed the incident, describing it as “shocking.”

“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. The level of damage is still being assessed,” he said.

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