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Arsonists set INEC office in Igboeze ablaze - ITREALMS

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Some yet to be identified arsonists have set the office of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Igboeze North Local government area of Enugu State ablaze, reports ITREALMS.
According to the Resident Electoral Commissioner for Enugu State, Mr. Emeka Ononamadu, the Igboeze North Local Government Area office was set ablaze by unknown arsonists. 

"The attack happened at 11.48pm on Sunday 3rd July 2022," he said in official INEC statement available to ITREALMS on Monday.

The arsonists, he said, 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. 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 (PVCs) locked up in the fireproof cabinet" he said.

Equally confirming the attack on INEC facility, the National Commissioner, Information and Voter Education Committee, INEC, Festus Okoye Esq, noted the incident has been reported to the  Nigeria Police for investigation and further action.

The attack, he also said, came 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 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" he said.

However, he said the Commission will continue to work with the security agencies and the emergency services to protect our facilities.

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