Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said that fire incident destroyed physical items in Data Processing Centre (DPC) at Kano office of the Commission
In a statement by National Commissioner and Chairman Information and Voter Education Committee of (INEC) Festus Okoye said on 20th April, 2021, Resident Electoral Commissioner for Kano State, Professor Riskuwa Shehu reported the incident.
He said the fire started around 8:15am and engulfed Data Processing Centre (DPC) before it was contained by operatives of Federal Fire Service Kano Command, who subsequently quenched the fire.
” The Staff made spirited efforts to bring the fire under control using fire extinguishers but they were overwhelmed, until the arrival of officers from Federal Fire Service Kano.
Festus Okoye also said the physical items burnt by the fire include: Industrial Printer used for printing hard copies of the Voter Register, Lesser Jet Printer, Dell and Blade repositories containing soft copies of the Voter Registers for the state, Desktop Computers, Laptops for Training, Inverters and other accessories”
” Fortunately, all the Data of Voter Register for the State, as well as other sensitive documents of the state office are backed up offsite and therefore safe. They will be recovered swiftly”. Okoye explained.
He assured the public that the incident will not in anyway affect the operation of the Commission.
He stated that Investigation into the cause of the fire incident has commenced and according to him, measures will be put in place to avert future occurance.
Similarly, confirming the incident, the Public Relations Officer, Federal Fire Service Kano Command, ASF Nura Abdulqadir Maigida said the Service recieve a running caller by one Hamisu around 10: 15 am
” Our Operation Team responded and arrived the scene at 10: 18 am”
ASF Nura said the course of the fire is not yet known, noting that Investigation has already began.
Maigida lamented that no life was lost but there was one casuality who was rushed to the hospital for medical attention.
He urged public to adhere to fire safety to prevent lost of lives and property.