Imo INEC office set ablaze — fourth attack in three weeks

Imo INEC office set ablaze — fourth attack in three weeks


The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Imo State has been set ablaze by suspected hoodlums, ahead of the 2023 general elections.

Some construction workers abducted on Thursday’s incident, were later rescued, the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) for Imo State, Sylvia Uchenna Agu said.

It is the fourth time the Commission offices across the nation have been attacked since the past three weeks.

The South Eastern part has become hotbed for the onslaught by the outlaws.

INEC National Commissioner Festus Okoye in a statement on Friday, said: “The building, which is undergoing extensive renovation following an earlier attack, was vandalised and partially set ablaze. Three out of seven construction workers were abducted but later released”.

Okoye commended the prompt response of the police personnel who were quick in mobilising their men to the scene.

He revealed that “This is one attack too many. The Commission once again expresses its concern over the spate of attacks on its facilities and the negative consequences on our preparations for the 2023 General Election”.

Recall that the Inspector General of police, Alkali Baba had ordered deployment of armed personnel to INEC offices nationwide preparatory for the polls.

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