The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) office in Ogun State recently caught fire, and the National Security Advisor, NSA, Major General Babagana Munguno (retd), has revealed that security services are currently searching for those responsible.
No amount of security concerns, he claimed, will prevent the general elections of 2023 from happening as scheduled since President Muhammadu Buhari has committed to conduct a free, fair, and transparent poll.
Remember how some alleged hoodlums recently set fire to the INEC office at Iyana Mortuary in Abeokuta, the capital of Ogun State?
Less than ten hoodlums are claimed to have scaled the perimeter fence into the grounds and set fire to the INEC building from the backyard, which is where the trouble is said to have begun.
They were accused of breaking into the building, soaking bread loaves in gasoline, and throwing them into the structure from various angles in order to light up the INEC office.
Additionally, it was learned that on the tragic day, around 1 am, a security guard at the institution who went by the name of Azeez Hamzat called the police in a distress call to inform them of the fire situation.
After being swiftly mobilized to the scene, police officers from the Ibara Division called the state's firefighters, who hurried to extinguish the fire.
Additionally, it was discovered that the store, the office of the Registration Area Officer, and the conference room were all impacted by the blaze.
Munguno advised state governors deploying goons to hinder the opposition from mounting campaign materials in their domains to refrain from the act as security forces will soon come after them as well. Munguno was speaking about politicians restricting their opponents' campaign activities.
The NSA issued the warning on Thursday during the Ministerial Media Briefing held at the Presidential Villa in Abuja and hosted by the Presidential Communications Team.
The NSA claims that once law enforcement authorities start their quest, there will be nowhere for the criminals to hide.
In response to news that some state governors are enacting laws to bar the distribution of opposition campaign literature in their states, Monguno accused them of acting out of an inferiority mentality.
He added that politicians who hire goons do not believe in themselves and that everyone who engages in any undesirable behavior will face consequences.
He stated that President Muhammadu Buhari has made it plain that the 2023 election must be free, fair, and credible while advising the governors to control their thugs.