INEC Office in Enugu set ablaze as fire incidents persist – See shocking photos

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The National Electoral Commission, INEC, has once again announced that one its offices Enugu State, East Nigeria has been ablaze.

Barrister Festus Okoye, national commissioner & chairman, information and education committee, who disclosed this in a statement Friday morning said, “the spate fire incidents involving the the National Electoral Commission (INEC) in some States the has unfortunately persisted.

He revealed that, “This time around, it is Enugu State, where the Electoral Commissioner for the State, Emeka Ononamadu, has reported that the INEC office in Udenu Local Government Area was ablaze.

Giving details what happened, Okoye said, “The latest tragic incident occurred around 8.40pm on Thursday 13th May 2021. No casualties were reported. However, the office building was extensively damaged while electoral materials and office equipment were destroyed in spite the best efforts the Enugu State Fire Service to contain the inferno. The Commission appreciates the intervention of the Fire Service.”

He said the attention of the Police has been drawn to this yet another very worrisome for investigation.

“This is the third incident involving INEC’ Local Government offices in three States in less than two weeks. First, there was the destruction of the office in Essien Udim LGA of Akwa Ibom State on 2nd May 2021. This was followed by the fire at the Ohafia LGA office in Abia State on 9th May 2021.

Okoye said, “This is yet another setback to the Commission’ ongoing activities and preparations for upcoming electoral activities.

“Following the attack in Abia State, the Commission resolved to convene an emergency meeting of the Inter-Agency Consultative Committee on Election Security (ICCES) next week to discuss this disturbing trend. The latest destruction of the Commission’ physical infrastructure and electoral in Enugu State calls for an immediate of the measures necessary to secure INEC’s assets across the States.

“Consequently, the Commission is convening an emergency meeting with all the Electoral Commissioners (RECs) on Wednesday 19th May 2021 in ahead of the meeting of ICCES.”

Meanwhile, the Commission said it is determined to continue to discharge its responsibilies, including the conclusion of the expansion of voters’ access to Polling Units, resumption of the Continuous (CVR), capacity-building activities, the of the draft Strategic Plan 2022-2026, engagement with stakeholders as well as all scheduled and pending elections.