The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Resident Commissioner in Kano, Mikaila Abdulahi, is reported to have been killed in a fire incident described as ‘strange’ by neighbours. Premium Times report.
Mr. Mikaila, who was in-charge of last Saturday’s presidential and national assembly elections in the state, was said to have been consumed with his wife, Zulaiha; and two daughters, Aisha and Asmau; in the fire incident.
Assistant Superintendent of Police, Magaji Majiya, who is the spokesperson of the Kano State Police Command, confirmed the incident.
Mr. Majiya, disclosed that the INEC commissioner and his family died as they tried to escape through the window of their apartment.
He said the fire was suspected to have been caused by a spark in the family’s generator at about 4 a.m. on Friday.
According to him, 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.
The State Police Commissioner, Ibrahim Idris, and the Deputy Police Commissioner in-charge of Criminal Investigation Department, arrived the scene almost on time and rushed the INEC commissioner and his family to Murtala Muhammad Hospital, where they were confirmed dead, the police spokesperson said.
While the police said they were waiting for the result of an autopsy on the remains of Mr. Abdullahi and his family, the spokesperson for the Kano State office of INEC, Garba Muhammed, said the bodies of the victims were already being conveyed to his native Dutse, the Jigawa State capital, for burial, in line with Islamic tradition.