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INEC Confirms Attack On Enugu Office




Ganiyat Ganiyu

The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has confirmed the attack on its office in Awgu Local Government Area of Enugu State.

A statement by INEC Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, Festus Okoye, said the office was set ablaze by suspected hoodlums on Sunday.

Okoye said that the attack caused extensive damage to the stores section, where election materials are kept.

It read, “Our Resident Electoral Commissioner for Enugu State, Mr. Emeka Ononamadu, reported an attack on the INEC office in Awgu Local Government Area of the State. The building was set ablaze this morning, Sunday 19th September 2021, resulting in extensive damage to mainly the stores section where election materials are kept.

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“Fortunately, all movable election materials had been evacuated following recent attacks on our offices in the State. There are no casualties in the incident.

“The identity or motives of attackers are unknown while the incident has been reported to the Nigeria Police Force for investigation.

“The Commission appreciates the prompt response of the security agencies comprising the Nigeria Police Force, the Nigerian Army, the Department of State Services (DSS) and the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) as well the Enugu State Fire Service and the Awgu Local Government Neighbourhood Watch.

“This unfortunate incident is the first since the last attack on our facilities four months ago in May 2021.”

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