Office of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Orlu, Orlu Local Government Area of Imo State went up in flames early Monday morning.
According to a source from the area, the fire which started around 6a.m came from a bush near the INEC office.
The source suggested that farmers may have ignited the fire which became uncontrollable as a result of the harmattan.
The State Public Relation Officer of INEC, Emmanuella Opara, has confirmed the incident, but added that she was yet to ascertain the level of damage and the remote cause.
“Yes, we can confirm that the fire actually burnt the INEC office, but we cannot say for sure the level of damage and what caused it because we are yet to visit the scene,” Opara said.
Also, the state fire service director, Japhet Okereafor, who said he was aware of the incident, noted that his men could not extinguish the fire because of the non-availability of a vehicle and even a driver to drive the vehicle.
“I am aware of the fire incident but we don’t have enough vehicles and the only driver we have was not around,” Okereafor said.