The office of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Awgu Local Government Area of Enugu State has been attacked and set ablaze by yet to be identified persons.
The incident is the first since the last attack on the Commission’s facilities four months ago in May 2021.
According to a statement by Festus Okoye Esq, INEC National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, the attack happened in the early hours of Sunday.
He said, “Our Resident Electoral Commissioner for Enugu State, Mr. Emeka Ononamadu, reported an attack on the INEC office in Awgu Local Government Area of the State. The building was set ablaze this morning, Sunday 19th September 2021, resulting in extensive damage to mainly the stores section where election materials are kept.
“Fortunately, all movable election materials had been evacuated following recent attacks on our offices in the State. There are no casualties in the incident.
“The identity or motives of attackers are unknown while the incident has been reported to the Nigeria Police Force for investigation.
“The Commission appreciates the prompt response of the security agencies comprising the Nigeria Police Force, the Nigerian Army, the Department of State Services (DSS) and the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) as well the Enugu State Fire Service and the Awgu Local Government Neighbourhood Watch.”
iVotesNG recalls that in the first and second quarter of the year, series of attacks were carried out on INEC’s facilities in the South East and South South regions of the country.