The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has confirmed that hoodlums burnt down its office at Igboeze North Local Government Area of Enugu State.
Mr. Emeka Ononamadu the Resident Electoral Commissioner in the state, confirmed the incident in a statement on Monday, said the arsonists overpowered the security guards, forced their way into the premises, and set the building ablaze.
He said although no casualties were reported, 748 ballot boxes, 240 voting cubicles, office furniture, and equipment were destroyed in spite of the effort of the Enugu State Fire Service deployed from Nsukka.
” The incident has been reported to the Nigeria Police for investigation and further action.
” The attack, coming in the middle of the voter registration exercise and other preparations for the 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 the 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 VR and collection of
” The Commission will continue to work with the security agencies and the emergency services to protect our facilities,” the statement added.