PHOTOS: Hoodlums set INEC office ablaze in Akwa Ibom
Suspected hoodlums have reportedly set ablazed the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) office in Essien Udim Local Government Area, Akwa Ibom state.
WITHIN NIGERIA assembled that the sad incident happened in the early hours of Sunday, 2nd May, 2021.
This tragic incident has been confirmed by the National Commissioner and Chairman, INEC’s Information and Voter Education Committee, Festus Okoye Esq.
Confirming the incident, Okoye said the Resident Electoral Commissioner for Akwa Ibom State, Barr. Mike Igini, has reported that our office in Essien Udim Local Government Area has been set ablaze.
He further confirmed that items destroyed in the inferno included 345 ballot boxes, 135 voting cubicles, megaphones, water tanks and office furniture.
“Our security guard on duty escaped unhurt but the destruction to the building and properties therein was extensive. Items destroyed include 345 ballot boxes, 135 voting cubicles, megaphones, water tanks and office furniture.
“The police, which has also been battling with attacks on its facilities and personnel in the area, is aware of the incident and has commenced investigation,” he stated.
Recall that on the eve of the 2019 General Election, INEC’s newly constructed prototype LGA office in Ibesikpo Asutan was burnt down while two more offices in Mpat Enin and Eastern Obollo LGAs were bombed.
“The recent attack on our facility after we have just concluded the inventory of electoral materials nationwide in readiness for the 2023 General Election is worrisome.
“If unchecked, these attacks may constitute a setback on the Commission’s preparations, including the ongoing conversion of Voting Points to Polling Units, the forthcoming Continuous Registration of Voters (CVR) exercise and the conduct of polls.
“Nevertheless, the Commission wishes to assure Nigerians that we are making efforts to recover from the incident in Akwa Ibom State as we continue to prepare for all electoral activities,” Okoye stated.