Nigeria – A newly completed office of the Independent National Electoral Commission has been set ablaze at Okwudor community in Njaba Local Government Area of Imo State.
INEC said that the arson attack took place around 11:30 am on Sunday.
It was learnt that the burnt office was commissioned shortly before the 2019 General Elections.
In a statement titled, ‘INEC office in Njaba Local Government Area of Imo State set ablaze’, the electoral body’s National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, Festus Okoye, said the latest attack makes the total number of INEC offices attacked nationwide 42.
“Our resident electoral commissioner for Imo State Francis Ezeonu, has reported that our office in Njaba Local Government Area of Imo State was set ablaze today.
“Although no life was lost, the building was substantially burnt down, along with electoral materials, office equipment, and furniture.
“The latest incident has been reported to police for investigation,” Okoye said.
“This attack is coming exactly a week after our office in Ahiazu Mbaise Local Government Area of the state was vandalised on Sunday, May 23rd. It is also the eighth INEC office to be attacked in Imo State since the 2019 General election.
“INEC buildings, infrastructure, and equipment are critical national assets that guarantee the continuity of electoral activities throughout the federation.
“Attacking these offices is not in the national interest and has the capacity of compromising electoral activities and the credibility of the democratic process,” he added.