Arsonists set ablaze INEC's office in Ebonyi, PVCs, ballot boxes destroyed


INEC's office set ablaze

Suspected arsonists have set ablaze the office of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Izzi Local Government Area of Ebonyi State.

The office is located in Iboko.

Festus Okoye, National Commissioner & Chairman Information and Voter Education Committee, INEC, in a statement on Sunday , said the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) for Ebonyi State, Mrs Onyeka Pauline Ugochi, reported that the commission’s office in Izzi Local Government Area office located in Iboko, was set ablaze this morning.

He said the incident occurred around 10.00am when some unidentified persons set the entire building ablaze.

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“Although no casualties resulted from the attack, the main building and all the movable and immovable items inside it were destroyed.

“These include 340 ballot boxes, 130 voting cubicles, 14 electric power generators, large water storage tanks, assorted office furniture and fixtures and yet to be determined quantities of Permanent Voters’ Cards (PVCs).

“The attention of the Nigeria Police Force and other security agencies has been drawn to the incident and have commenced investigation.

“Sadly, this is the third attack on our Local Government office in less than three weeks following similar attacks on our offices in Ogun and Osun States on 10th November 2022,” Okoye lamented.

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