Two of INEC’s offices were attacked on Thursday.
Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) chairman, Mahmood Yakubu, has expressed worries over electoral violence “intensifying’’ as Nigeria prepares for the presidential elections in February, 2023.
Nigeria’s presidential seat is tightly contested between Labour Party’s Peter Obi, Peoples Democratic Party’s Atiku Abubakar, and the ruling All Progressive Congress candidate, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
INEC said it has tracked 50 attacks related to the elections in just the first month of campaigning. The commission made this disclosure in an emergency meeting following attacks on two of its offices on Thursday, November 10, 2022.
It will be recalled that the United States embassy in Nigeria’s capital, Abuja, evacuated all non-essential staff in October, over heightened risk of a terror attack.
Nigeria’s security forces have been fighting a range of security threats across the country in form of Islamist insurgency, kidnapping, banditry, and more.
President Buhari has assured citizens that his administration would restore normalcy before leaving office in 2023.