The Independent National Electoral Commission’s (INEC) offices in Imo, Anambra and Enugu states have been burnt by hoodlums.
The Commission’s office in Ahiazu Mbaise Local Government Area of Imo State, the State Headquarters office in Awka, Anambra State and Igboeze South Local Government Area office in Enugu State came under attack, Sunday night.
In a statement by National Commissioner and Chairman Information and Voter Education Committee, Festus Okoye, INEC, described the escalating attacks on its facilities as a national emergency.
According to the statement, “the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) met in emergency session today, Monday 24th May 2021, as attacks on its facilities in some states of the Federation continue unabated.
“In the latest incidents, three offices of the Commission came under attack in Anambra, Imo and Enugu States. The Resident Electoral Commissioners (REC) for Anambra State, Dr. Nkwachukwu Orji; his Imo State counterpart, Professor Francis Ezeonu, and that of Enugu State, Emeka Ononamadu, have reported that the attacks took place at various times on the night of Sunday, 23rd May 2021.”
It continued that, “the State Headquarters office in Awka was set ablaze in the most devastating onslaught on the Commission’s facilities so far. The attackers were systematic and selective in their targets. The Pavillion which serves as Collation Centre during major elections was burnt down. In what is a major blow to our preparations for the Governorship election scheduled for 6th November 2021, two stores housing electoral materials were burnt down.
“New and old (but serviceable) electric generating machines numbering 376 for all the Electoral Wards and the extra numbers for backup were completely burnt. The electric generators were recently relocated from the Local Government Areas (LGAs) to the State HQ in the belief that it is more secure than the LGA offices.”