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IGP orders tight security around INEC offices

The office for Nigeria’s Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has been burned down just six days before the country is due to vote in a general election.

The INEC office in Plateau State was destroyed by fire and everything needed for election were burnt, including ballot boxes and voting slips.

A spokesperson for INEC called it a setback for the preparations for the election but is quoted in as saying that it is too early to suspect sabotage.

The general election is due to be held on Saturday.

On Sunday President Muhammadu Buhari warned of potential electoral fraud.

“The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has raised concerns over laundered money being funneled into vote buying,” he said .

Buhari is running for re-election in Saturday’s poll where more than 84 million people are registered to vote.

Although there are many presidential candidates, analysts say Mr Buhari’s main contender is former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar.

Meanwhile, the acting Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, has ordered a comprehensive and water-tight security around all offices and facilities of Independent National Electoral Commission nationwide.

He has consequently Command Commissioners of Police in the states and the Federal Capital Territory to protect all INEC offices and materials before, during and after the elections.

The Force spokesman, Frank Mba, said in a statement in Abuja on Sunday, that Zonal Assistant Inspectors-General of Police have also been mandated to monitor the compliance level of the commands under their jurisdiction to the directive.

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