The office of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Awgu Local Government Area of Enugu State has been reportedly set ablaze.
According to a statement by the INEC National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, Festus Okoye, 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.
Okoye, who noted that the Resident Electoral Commissioner for Enugu State, Mr. Emeka Ononamadu, reported an attack on the building, added that there were no casualties in the incident.
According to him, “Fortunately, all movable election materials had been evacuated following recent attacks on INEC offices in the State.
“The identity or motives of attackers are unknown while the incident has been reported to the Nigeria Police Force for investigation”, he said.
He further noted that, “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 as 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”, he concluded.