- The federal government, through the fire service, has deployed 18 firemen to INEC's office in Kaduna state
- The move is to avoid a repeat of the fire incidents that took place in Plateau, Abia and Anambra states recently
- Moreover, the police has deployed 174 officers to the Kaduna to tighten security, especially during the general elections
The Federal Fire Service (FFS) has deployed 18 of its officials to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Kaduna state, as a proactive measure to tackle any fire incident.
Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) Alhaji Abdullahi Kaugama made the disclosure to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Friday, February 15, in Kaduna.
He said that the deployment of the firemen was to avert fire incident as recorded in three INEC offices in Plateau, Abia and Anambra states.
Abdullahi said fire fighting vehicles with adequate water had been stationed at the commission’s office, while fire extinguishers had been supplied to all INEC offices in the 23 local government areas.
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Added to this, the REC said 174 policemen, comprised of 110 from police Rapid Response unit and 74 mobile policemen who would escort sensitive materials, had been deployed to the commission ahead of the general elections.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that INEC had confirmed the fire incident which occurred at one of its offices in Anambra state.
In a statement on Tuesday, February 12, the electoral body confirmed that this is the third fire incident happening in 12 days.
INEC confirmed that 4,695 smart card readers were destroyed in the fire incident although no lives were lost.
The electoral body commended the fire service for responding quickly to put out the fire and said the incident has been reported to the police.
INEC noted that while the fire incident may have been a setback, it promised that the election will still hold and that spare card readers from other states will be deployed to Anambra.
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