There are reports that fire has destroyed sections of the headquarters of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Enugu state, however, Nigerian Police has come out to say it foiled attempt by miscreants to burn down the office.
The incident was reported to have occurred on Sunday night, May 16. The office is located at number 1 Achi Street by Agric Bank Bus stop in Independence Layout.
A statement by the commissioner of police in the state, Mohammed Aliyu, confirmed the development adding that police and other security agencies thwarted the attempt to burn down the whole building
Also reported that the Enugu State Fire Service, as well as the Federal Fire Service, were called to put out the fire.
In his words:
“Yet to be identified armed miscreants today, 16/05/2021 at about 2030hrs, attempted to set the Enugu Headquarters of the Independence National Electoral Commission (INEC) ablaze, but were stiffly resisted by joint security operatives, who swiftly mobilized to the scene.
” The State Fire Service personnel, who promptly responded to calls put across to them, helped in quenching fire already set on four (4) vehicles and two (2) cushions within the office premises.
The cause of the latest fire incident has not been established, however, INEC facilities mainly in the southeast and south-south regions of Nigeria have been attacked by arsonists.
Meanwhile, INEC has warned that its preparations for the 2023 general election may suffer a huge setback.
The electoral commission gave the warning in response to an attack on one of its offices in Essien Udim local government area, of Akwa Ibom state.
A spokesperson for INEC, Festus Okoye, in a statement via Facebook on Sunday, May 2, stated that the recent attack on its facilities, if unchecked, may affect future polls.
READ ALSO: Hoodlums Set Akwa Ibom INEC office on Fire
In another report, the electoral commission has threatened to blacklist political parties unable to conduct peaceful congresses and primaries from receiving electoral materials for their future activities.
The electoral body in a statement signed by its spokesperson, Festus Okoye, and seen by Leakblast report on Monday, April 19, said there will be far-reaching consequences for political parties that fail to conduct peaceful congresses.
Political parties will also be made to pay for the electoral materials damaged during their congresses, INEC warned. It added that it might not acknowledge the result of violent congresses if the trend continues.
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