INEC meets over office attacks
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INEC meets over office attacks in 3 states

Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, meets tomorrow 19 May over office attacks by unknown persons in three state offices.

INEC’s Voter Education Committee Chair, Festus Okoye confirmed the meeting, coming on the heels of the arson and vandalism at its Enugu office.

Okoye said State resident commissioners will meet on Wednesday to discuss a common defense of its premises and election property.

Okoye promised a statement after the meeting, ahead of another closed-door meeting with heads of security agencies will be held.

The security meeting will be attended by all members of the Inter-Agency Consultative Committee on Election Security, ICCES, he said.

The organisation formally confirmed a night attack, arson and vandalism at the Enugu State INEC office, located at number 1 Achi Street by Agric Bank Bus stop in Independence Layout in the state capital.

Mr. Okoye, said yesterday, May 17, that Enugu’s Resident Electoral Commissioner has formally reported Sunday’s attack to the Abuja headquarters.

The Commissioner, Mr. Emeka Ononamadu, confirmed that unidentified persons overpowered security personnel and attempted to set the building ablaze.

The latest assault follows an earlier arson attack of INEC office at Obollo-Afor in Udenu LGA of Enugu State.

“The attackers set the foyer ablaze, vandalized some offices in the main building and caused extensive damage to some of the Commission’s movable assets within the premises,” he said.

They also burnt down six utility pickup vehicles while smashing and damaging two others, he said.

INEC said it took a swift intervention of security agencies, Federal and Enugu Fire Services to save the building.

Security agencies have commenced an investigation to unravel the cause of the attack, the organisation said.

The organisation said the spate of attacks on its offices “portends danger to national electoral activities.”

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