The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) described that the escalating of setting ablaze of its offices in some state as a National Emergency.
INEC National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, Mr Festus Okoye, said in a statement yesterday that the commission held an emergency session yesterday, as attacks on its facilities in some states of the federation continue unabated.
More assets of the Commission INEC came under attack in Imo, Anambra and Enugu States.
The Commission’s office in Ahiazu Mbaise Local Government Area (LGA) in Imo, the state headquarters in Awka, Anambra capital and Igboeze South LGA office in Enugu were burnt.
The state headquarters in Awka was set ablaze in the most devastating onslaught on the Commission’s facilities so far. The attackers were systematic and selective in their targets
It was stated that a total of seven Toyota Hilux vans belonging to the commission were burnt down in a Sunday night attack on its headquarters in Awka, Anambra State.
The commission’s collation centre and storehouse containing over 50 generating sets and other equipment were also razed.
It also lost valuable assets in the attacks carried out by hoodlums on its local government offices in Enugu and Imo states on Sunday.
During the Emergency meeting held on Monday. It was accounted that the new and old (but serviceable) electric generating machines, numbering 376 for all the electoral wards and the extra numbers for backup were burnt.
It was also recorded that the Commission’s proactive measures to ensure the readiness and success of the governorship election coming up later this year, about 50 per cent of the non-sensitive materials needed for the November 6, 2021 governorship election already delivered to the state have also been lost in the fire in Anambra State.
by our Reporter.