INEC office in Enugu burnt down by hoodlums


The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) office in Awgu Local Government Area of Enugu State was in the early hours of yesterday set ablaze by yet to be identified hoodlums.

Festus Okoye, National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education, INEC, who disclosed this in a statement on Sunday said that the Resident Electoral Officer, Enugu State, Mr. Emeka Ononamadu reported an attack on the facility.

Okoye noted that the fire incident resulted in extensive damage to mainly the stores section where election materials were 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”, he said.

He, however, observed that the identity or motives of attackers were unknown while the incident had been reported to the Nigeria Police Force for investigation.

According to him, “The Commission appreciates 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.

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

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