Materials for the February 16 and March 2 elections have been destroyed by fire at INEC office, Qua’an Pan Local Government area of Plateau State.

This is coming in less than a week to the 2019 presidential election.

Osaretin Imahiyereobo, Plateau State INEC Head of Department, Voter Education and Publicity, in a statement, confirmed the disaster.

According to Imahiyereobo, the incident was caused by a drunken security man on Saturday, February 9.

 “The INEC office is completely burnt with all its content…ballot boxes, Generators serviced and filled with fuel, cubicles, newly printed electronic and manual voters register, uncollected PVCs, materials for the preparations of RAC and other materials yet to be identified,” Imahiyereobo said.

Imahiyereobo described the incident as a setback for the preparations for the general elections in the Local Government Area.

“The management team led by the Administrative Secretary, Gbadamasi Rasheed is on its way to assess the situation.” He said.