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HOODLUMS SET ABLAZE INEC OFFICE IN ENUGU STATE

HOODLUMS SET ABLAZE INEC OFFICE IN ENUGU STATE

 

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) office Igboeze North Local Government Area office has been set ablaze by unknown arsonists.
The Resident Electoral Commissioner for Enugu State, Emeka Ononamadu disclosed this to newsmen in Enugu.
The attack happened at 11.48pm on Sunday 3rd July 2022.

The arsonists overpowered the security guards, forced their way into the premises and set the building ablaze.
Although no casualties were reported, 748 ballot boxes, 240 voting cubicles, office furniture and equipment were destroyed in spite of the best effort of the Enugu State Fire Service deployed from Nsukka.
According to a report, t he Commission is working to ascertain the status of voter registration machines for the ongoing Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) exercise as well as uncollected Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs) locked up in the fireproof cabinet.

The incident has been reported to the Nigeria Police for investigation and further action.

According to the Commission the attack, coming in the middle of the voter registration exercise and other preparations for 2023 General Election, is worrisome.

It will be recalled that on 23rd May 2021, INEC office in the neighbouring Igboeze South Local Government Area was attacked in a similar manner by unknown gunmen.
This followed earlier attacks on Udenu Local Government Area office on 13th May 2021 and the State Headquarters in Enugu on 16th May 2021.
The Commission has since substantially recovered from these attacks and resumed normal activities there, including the CVR and collection of PVCs.

The Commission says it will continue to work with the security agencies and the emergency services to protect its facilities.

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