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International

[ 2015-04-03 ]

Kano INEC Commissioner, family die in mysterious fire incident
The Kano State Resident Electoral Commissioner,
Alhaji Abdullahi Minkaila has been killed in a
mysterious fire outbreak.

The deceased was burnt along with his wife,
Zulaiha and two children, Aisha and Asmau, in an
inferno when his residence was engulfed by fire
early Friday morning.

The late Minkaila and his family were rushed to
the Murtala Mohammed Specialist Hospital where
they gave up the ghost Friday morning.

Spokesman of the Independent Electoral Commission,
Mallam Garba confirmed the incident.

He said the bodies of the victims were already
being conveyed to the late Commissioner’s native
Dutse in Jigawa, for burial, in line with Islamic
tradition.

Similarly, the Public Relations Officer of the
Kano State Police Command, Magaji Majiya,
confirmed the sad incident.

According to him, the fire might have been caused
by a spark in the family’s generator set at about
4a.m.

He said the fire later spread to other parts of
the house and that the INEC Commissioner and his
family tried to escape through the window of one
of the toilets in the building but were blocked by
a burglary barrier.

Majiya said the State Police Commissioner, Ibrahim
Idris, and the Deputy Police Commissioner
in-charge of Criminal Investigation Department
(CID), arrived the scene almost on time.

They were the ones that rushed the INEC
commissioner and his family to Murtala Muhammad
Specialist Hospital, where they were confirmed
dead.

Neighbours, however, wonder how a generator spark
led to the kind of fire that engulfed a whole
building killing all occupants.

Minkaila presided over last Saturday’s
presidential and national assembly elections in
Kano.

Source - Joy News



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