The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), has confirmed another attack in one of its offices.
It hence raised fresh concerns over the safe conduct of next year’s general election after it announced Saturday, saying its Izzi Local Government Area Office, located in Iboko, Ebonyi State, was set ablaze by suspected arsonists.
This attack was the third in three weeks by arsonists.
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On November 10, two INEC offices in Abeokuta South, Ogun State, and Ede South, in Osun State, were burnt down by arsonists.
At a news conference on November 11, INEC Chairman, Mahmood Yakubu, put the number of INEC offices attacked by hoodlums at 50. He said the attacks were recorded in 21 states.
INEC National Commissioner/Chairman of Information and Voter Education Committee, Mr. Festus Okoye, said the Ebonyi State Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Mrs. Onyeka Pauline Ugochi, reported that the incident occurred about 10 am when some unidentified persons set the building ablaze.
The statement reads: “Although no casualties resulted from the attack, the main building and all the movable and immovable items inside it were destroyed.
“These include 340 ballot boxes, 130 voting cubicles, 14 electric power generators, large water storage tanks, assorted office furniture and fixtures and yet to be determined quantities of Permanent Voters’ Cards (PVCs).
“The attention of the Nigerian Police Force and other security agencies has been drawn to the incident and they have commenced investigation.
“Sadly, this is the third attack on our Local Government office in less than three weeks following similar attacks on our offices in Ogun and Osun States on 10th November, 2022.”
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