INEC Facilities in Enugu Set on Fire

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INEC chairman, Prof Mahmud Yakubu

INEC Facilities in Enugu Set on Fire

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has suffered fresh attacks on its office in Enugu State.

A statement by the national commissioner and chairman, information and voter education committee, Festus Okoye, said the commission building in Awgu local government area of the state was set ablaze on Sunday.

While it revealed that there were no casualties, the statement further disclosed that the attack resulted “in extensive damage to mainly the store section where election materials are kept.”

Okoye commended “the prompt response of the security agencies comprising the Nigeria Police Force, the Nigerian Army, the Department of State Services (DSS) and the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) as well the Enugu State Fire Service and the Awgu Local Government Neighbourhood Watch.”

The statement read in part: “Our Resident Electoral Commissioner for Enugu State, Mr Emeka Ononamadu, reported an attack on the INEC office in Awgu Local Government Area of the State. The building was set ablaze this morning, Sunday 19th September 2021, resulting in extensive damage to mainly the store section where election materials are kept.

“Fortunately, all movable election materials had been evacuated following recent attacks on our offices in the state. There are no casualties in the incident.

“The identity or motives of attackers are unknown while the incident has been reported to the Nigeria Police Force for investigation.

“This unfortunate incident is the first since the last attack on our facilities four months ago in May 2021.”

 

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