By Muftau Ogunyemi
Akure, Sept. 11, 2020 The Commissioner of Police in Ondo State, Mr Salami Bolaji, has described the Thursday’s fire incident at the Independent National Electoral Commission(INEC) Headquarters, Akure as an unfortunate occurrence.
Bolaji made the remark when he visited the scene of the inferno on Friday over reported destruction of two container loads of INEC card readers and other stationeries.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the inferno destroyed no fewer than 5,141 card readers meant for the state governorship poll on Oct. 10.
According to him, the Police command, in conjunction with INEC management and the Ondo State Fire Service, will launch an investigation into the cause of the fire outbreak.
Salami said it was regrettable that the incident happened close to the date of the governorship election in the state.
The commissioner assured all law-abiding citizens of adequate security during the poll.
He said that people should not to entertain any fear as the command was fully prepared to give the state a kind of police protection never seen in Ondo State.
Salami, however, warned those harbouring criminal ideas, before, during or after the election and electioneering campaigns, to jettison such ideas.
He said that any criminal element nab, “should be ready to sit tight at any Correctional Service detention camps in the state’’.