An Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) office has been set ablaze in Imo state.
According to previous statistics, this incident was not the first of its kind in the state, as there have been other fire attacks on government and private infractructures.
It was reported that Atta police station, customary and high courts in the state were burnt down and in less than 24 hours, the INEC office located at Okwudor in Njaba Local Government Area was set ablaze by unknown individuals on Sunday, 30th May.
Speaking on the attack on Sunday, the National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, Festus Okoye, said:
“Our Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) for Imo State, Prof. Francis Ezeonu, has reported that our office in Njaba Local Government Area of Imo was set ablaze on May 30.
“Although no life was lost, the building was substantially burnt down, along with electoral materials, office equipment and furniture.
“This attack is coming exactly a week after our office in Ahiazu Mbaise Local Government Area of the state was vandalized on May 23.
“It is also the 8th INEC office to be attacked in Imo ince the 2019 General Election.
“Attacking these offices is not in the national interest and has the capacity of compromising electoral activities and the credibility of the democratic process.”
This incident has been confirmed by Mrs. Emmanuella Opara, the INEC Public Relations Officer in the state.
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