Tuesday, 8 January 2013

Fire Guts INEC Headquarters Voter Registery

The Voter Registry Department of the Independent National Electoral Commission was on Monday ravaged by fire. The the fire which started at 9.00am and raged for over 30 minutes affected the VRD

According to the Commission’s Director of Information and Communications Technology to Mr Chidi Nwafor......

“There was a fire incident this morning. Between 9:12am and 9:30am, we started perceiving odour like a burnt odour, so what we did was to
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look for the place. It was in the department they call voter registry.

“Most of us that were around that time had to use the normal fire extinguisher to try to stop the fire and at the same time we called the fire service and the fire service came, when the fire service came the NEMA came, as I am talking to you now, the fire has been quenched. So, no more fire now. It was only one office that was affected.”

However Mr Chidi Nwafor, claims the commission's sensitive documents are still intact......, “Our data, sensitive data system, and our saver where all the data and operations are kept are intact; nothing has been damaged, we are still investigating. It is just that office and some office equipment were burnt.”

Some of the Commission’s staff claim that some of the loss recorded during the inferno could have been avoided if the security personnel had granted access to the staff that first rushed to the scene. They also claimed that the materials used in constructing the building contributed to the rapid spread of the inferno.

No life was lost during the incidence.

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