The Ondo State Police Command has said the fire incident at the head office of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in the state was caused by a ‘power surge’.
The INEC office in Akure, the state capital, had last week gutted by fire, destroying over 5000 Smarts Card Readers kept in the containers for the use of the forthcoming governorship election in the state.
Addressing journalists on the incident on Monday, the State Commissioner of Police, Bolaji Salami said after the investigation by the police, it was discovered that the air conditioners attached to the two containers at the INEC office developed an electrical fault thereby causing the heavy inferno.
Salami stated further that the air conditioners were attached to the two containers in order to cool the machines before the election.
According to the police boss, “The investigation was carried out in connection with INEC and men of the fire service and the outcome showed it was caused by a power surge.
“In the end, we discovered that air conditioners attached to the two containers where the cards were kept caused the electrical fault.
“The conditioners were placed there for 24 hours to cool the cards and unfortunately it got fire which raised the containers”.
Salami who maintained that the police would continue to remain apolitical in its dealing as the state proceeds for the governorship election noted that the investigation was jointly conducted by the police and the fire service.