The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) office in Abeokuta South local government area of Ogun State, located at Iyana Mortuary area of the metropolis was in the early hours of Thursday gutted by fire.

Investigation by Vanguard revealed that the facility was set on fire by suspected hoodlums who scaled the perimeter fence, jumped into the premises and set the building on fire from the back.

The hoodlums, numbering about eight, were said to have soaked loaves of bread with petrol and threw same into the building from different points to light up the facility.

A source, who pleaded anonymity told Vanguard that the security guard on duty, Azeez Hamzat, made a distress call to the police around 1 a.m., that the facility was on fire.

It was further gathered that the store, the Registration Area Officer’s office and the conference room were affected by the inferno.

The source added that non-sensitive materials were also affected by the fire.

“No life was lost and no injury was sustained in the fire”.

He said, “It is correct that our office was set on fire. The police are investigating the matter. I do not know what to say. I’m in shock myself. We called the police and other security agencies at night. The fire brigade put the situation under control. The level of damage is still being assessed”.

“It is very shocking and untoward. The security agencies are doing their very best. We are meeting again later today to come up with other strategies (toward securing our facilities),” Ijalaye said.

When contacted, the Ogun State Police Public Relations Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi, promised to get back to our Correspondent on the matter