INEC office in Abia set ablaze

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The of the National Electoral Commission Ohafia Local Government Area of Abia State has been set ablaze.

This happened on Sunday night days after the Commission’s Akwa Ibom was set ablaze by unknown men.

The incident was confirmed by the Electoral for the state, Dr. Joseph Iloh, when the Commission met today to discuss a wide range of issues.

A issued by the National and , and Education Committee, Festus Okoye Esq, revealed that the attack is the first the Commission has suffered the state recent times.

The partly read, “There are no casualties on the part of our staff on guard duty but the building was virtually destroyed. Apart from furniture items, all electoral materials and equipment were destroyed.

“The matter has been reported to the police for investigation.

“It will be recalled that only last week, the Commission reported an attack on its office in Essien Udim Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State and expressed anxiety about the impact of such on electoral activities, including the ongoing expansion of access to Polling Units, resumption of the Continuous Registration (CVR), pending bye-elections, end-of tenure elections and ultimately the 2023 General Election.

“The latest incident in Abia State is one too many. This is the first attack on the Commission’s facilities in the State in recent times. Five months ago on 13th December 2020, the INEC LGA office in Aba South was completely burnt down while that of Arochukwu LGA was vandalised and ransacked in October 2020.

“These facilities are national assets, which must be protected. Accordingly, the Commission is convening an emergency meeting of the Inter-Agency Consultative Committee on Election Security (ICCES) next week to discuss this disturbing trend.

“Meanwhile, the Commission wishes to reassure Nigerians that all activities in relation to the ongoing expansion of access to Polling Units and preparations for the resumption of CVR as well as all scheduled elections will proceed as planned.”