Armed Assailants Set INEC Office Ablaze in Nigeria’s Southeast

Unknown Gunmen Set INEC Office Ablaze in Nigeria’s Southeast (News Central TV)

Unknown gunmen o Sunday set ablaze the INEC headquarters in the Izzi Local Government Area of the Ebonyi State, Southeast Nigeria.

Festus Okoye, National Commissioner and Chairman of the Information and Voter Education Committee, made this disclosure in a statement on Sunday.

Following attacks in Ogun and Osun States, this is the third attack on Local Government INEC offices in the last three weeks.

All of the movable and immovable goods within the main structure were burned during the incident, which occurred at 10am.

The statement lists 340 ballot boxes, 130 voting cubicles, 14 power generators, sizable water storage tanks, various office furniture and fixtures, and an unknown number of Permanent Voters’ Cards among the goods that were burned.

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The Nigerian Police Force, according to the Commission, has started a thorough inquiry into the event.

The statement reads, “The Resident Electoral Commissioner for Ebonyi State, Mrs Onyeka Ugochi, reported that our Izzi Local Government Area office located in Iboko, was set ablaze this morning.

“The incident occurred around 10.00am when some unidentified persons set the entire building ablaze.

“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.

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“The attention of the Nigeria Police Force and other security agencies has been drawn to the incident and 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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