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BREAKING: Days to LG poll, Kaduna State Independent Electoral Commission office gutted by fire

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Less than a month to the local government election in Kaduna, the head office of the Kaduna State Independent Electoral Commission (KADSIECOM), has been gutted by fire in the early hours of Saturday.

According to an eye witness, the fire started around 10am this morning but as at 11:24am the fire had spread to the top floor, with fire fighters seen battling to put out the inferno as  trucks of the state’s fire fighting unit were seen driving in.

Men of joint security operatives were also on ground controlling the crowd that converged at the structure located on Sokoto Road in Kaduna metropolis.

As at the time of filing this report, the cause of the fire was unknown but staff of the KADSIECOM said that journalists would be briefed later as they were barred from gaining access to the building.

A source who was around when the fire started said senior executives of the commission were in a meeting when the fire started.

“We were in a meeting when one of the commissioners alerted us that there was a fire outbreak,” the source who pleaded anonymity said.

An eyewitness in the area said that if the fire fighters had arrived on time, the fire would have been put off, but criticized them for showing up late.

If the elections go ahead as scheduled, Kaduna would be blazing the trail not only in Nigeria, but the entire West Africa as first to conduct elections using the electronic voting machine.

 

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