Unidentified gunmen has attacked the of the the Independent National Electoral Commission INEC Office in Igboeze North Local Government Area in Enugu State setting the office and ballot boxes on fire.
According to a report by the Resident Electoral Commission for Enugu state Mr Emeka Ononamadu said that the gunmen overpowered the security guards forced their way into the premises setting the building ablaze in an attack which happened on Sunday 3rd July 2022 around 11pm.
The arsonists overpowered the security guards, forced their way into the premises and set the building ablaze. Although no casualties were reported, 748 ballot boxes, 240 voting cubicles, office furniture and equipment were destroyed in spite of the best effort of the Enugu State Fire Service deployed from Nsukka.
According to a message by the National Commissioner Information and voter education Mr Festus Okoye said that the Commission is working to ascertain the status of voter registration machines for the ongoing Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) exercise as well as uncollected Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs) locked up in the fireproof cabinet.
The incident has been reported to the Nigeria Police for investigation and further action.
“The attack, coming in the middle of the voter registration exercise and other preparations for 2023 General Election, is worrisome. It will be recalled that on 23rd May 2021, our office in the neighbouring Igboeze South Local Government Area was attacked in a similar manner by unknown gunmen.
This followed earlier attacks on Udenu Local Government Area office on 13th May 2021 and the State Headquarters in Enugu on 16th May 2021.
“INEC has since substantially recovered from these attacks and resumed normal activities there, including the CVR and collection of PVCs.
“The Commission will continue to work with the security agencies and the emergency services to protect our facilities.