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Gunmen attack Enugu INEC office, kill one policeman

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Gunmen on Sunday attacked the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) office in Enugu South Local Government Area of the state, killing one police officer, and burning down part of the building.

“The Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) for Enugu State, Dr. Chukwuemeka J. Chukwu, has reported that our office in Enugu South Local Government Area was attacked by unknown gunmen. The incident occurred around 9.12 pm yesterday, Sunday 15th January 2023,” INEC National Commissioner Festus Okoye said in a statement Monday.

“The security gatehouse was razed. Fortunately, the attackers could not gain access to the main building as a result of the rapid response from the Police and Army personnel from the 82 Division.

“The State Commissioner of Police and the REC were personally at the scene immediately after they received information about the attack. Of the two Policemen deployed to protect the facility, one of them lost his life while the other sustained injuries and is receiving treatment.”

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He said the incident is under investigation by security agencies, adding that the Inter-Agency Consultative Committee on Election Security (ICCES) in Enugu State co-chaired by the REC and the Commissioner of Police has been convened to discuss the latest incident and map out strategies to better protect INEC offices, personnel, and materials.

“Meanwhile, the destroyed gatehouse will be rebuilt, and the Commission is proceeding with its preparations for the 2023 General Election in Enugu State and the entire country as scheduled,” Okoye’s statement further noted.

This is the latest in string of attacks on INEC offices in the South-East.
In the attacks, several security officers were killed. Similar incidents have occurred in other parts of the country as well.
INEC Chairman Mahmood Yakubu stated in late December that 50 attacks on the Commission’s offices had been reported in 15 states from 2019 to that point.
However, the electoral umpire is upbeat, stating that the 2023 elections will take place as planned.

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