BREAKING: Gunmen Attack INEC Office Again
Information reaching Ibom Focus says that Gunmen Attack INEC Office Again
Nigeria’s electoral body, Independent National Electoral Commission has announced that its office in the Isu Local Government Area Office of Imo State was attacked early on Tuesday.
The attack comes barely a few months before the conduct of the 2023 general elections.
The electoral body said there have been four attacks on its facilities in Imo state within the last three weeks.
Festus Okoye Esq, INEC’s National Commissioner and Chairman of the commission’s Information and Voter Education Committee, said in a circular released on Wednesday that eight windows were smashed and burglary proofs were removed.
The statement reads: “The Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) for Imo State, Professor Sylvia Uchenna Agu, has reported that our office in Isu Local Government Area office was attacked and vandalised.
“The incident occurred at the early hours of Tuesday, 20th December 2022. Eight windows were smashed, and burglary proofs removed.
“Fortunately, the attackers could not access the building. Movable and immovable equipment as well as other materials were not removed or vandalised. However, as a precautionary measure, critical materials such as ballot boxes and voting cubicles have been evacuated to another INEC facility for safe keeping.
“Similarly, all uncollected PVCs have been secured while security will be deployed to ensure the continuous collection of the cards by registered voters in the same premises. The incident has been reported to the Police and other security agencies for necessary action.
“This is the fourth attack on INEC facilities in Imo State in less than three weeks following previous attacks on Orlu and Oru West Local Government Areas and the State Headquarters in Owerri.”