INEC office burned down, staff abducted in Imo

Unknown arsonists have set fire to the Independent National Electoral Commission, or INEC, office in State's Orlu Local Government Area.

On Thursday, the building that was undergoing refurbishment was assaulted by arsonists.

In a statement released by the National Commissioner, Information and Voter Education Committee, Festus Okoye, yesterday, Prof. Sylvia Agu, the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) for INEC for Imo State, confirmed the attack, according to NAN.

“The incident took place on December 1, 2022, a Thursday.

The structure, which is undergoing extensive renovation as a result of an earlier attack, was partially set on fire and vandalized, he claimed.

Okoye claimed that some of the site workers had been abducted but later released.

He revealed that the damage was lessened by the police's prompt response when they were sent to the scene.

If the Nigerian Police hadn't responded so quickly and sent personnel to the scene, the damage would have been worse.

He continued, “This is one attack too many.”

In advance of the general elections in 2023, INEC expressed concern over recent attacks on its facilities across the nation.

The Commission stated that these assaults have a negative impact on its planning for 2023.

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