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Arsonists sets INEC Enugu office ablaze, destroyed electoral materials

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Unknown arsonists on Monday set ablaze the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Igboere North Local Government Area office in Enugu State.

In a statement by the commission issued by National Commissioner. Information and Vater Education Committee, Festus Okoye, the electoral body said the attack happened at 11:48 pm on Sunday.

According to him, quoting the Resident Electoral Commissioners for Enugu State, Emeka Onenemad, “the arsonists overpowered the security guards, forced their way into the premises and set the building ablaze.”

Although no casualties were reported, 74 per cent of 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 Neukka.

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The 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 (PVC) locked up in the fireproof cabinet.

“The incident has been reported to the Nigeria Police for investigation and further action.
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, our office in the neighbouring Igboeze South Local Government Area was attacked in a similar manner by unknown gunmen.

“This followed earlier attacks on Udemi 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 will continue to work with the security agencies and the emergency services to protect our facilities,” Okoye said in the statement.

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