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Anambra Govt Regrets Fire That Engulfed INEC HQ In Awka

The Anambra State Government has regretted the fire that engulfed the state headquarters of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) headquarters in Awka, barely four days to the 2019 general election.

The state government stated its position in a statement on the fire incidence signed by the Commissioner for Information and Public Enlightenment, C. Don Adinuba.

Adinuba said that the State government noted with dismay the fire which struck just four days to the 2019 election.

He noted that Governor Willie Obiano was yet to be briefed by the new Commissioner of Police in the state on the extent of the fire and possible causes.

Governor Obiano has, however, directed that security inside and around the INEC state headquarters as well as in and around INEC offices in the 21 local government areas in the state be fortified immediately.

He said that Obiano has also directed a massive deployment of firefighting facilities like trucks at the INEC headquarters immediately, complete with the appropriate number and caliber of personnel.

The Information Commissioner assured that Anambra State Government is committed to ensuring that all the elections are held in the state not only as scheduled but also in a free, credible and transparent manner.

The Government notes with satisfaction the prompt and professional manner in which the Anambra State Fire Service mobilized to the scene once the fire at the INEC headquarters was reported to it.

It commended the firefighters, noting appreciating that its swift response contained the fire.

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