Unknown gunmen set Ablaze the newly constructed office of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Okwudor, Njaba Local Government Area, Imo State, on Sunday.
Festus Okoye, the INEC National Commissioner and Chairman of the Information and Voter Education Committee, made the announcement.
The arson incident happened at 11:30 a.m., according to Okoye.
The office, which was built and commissioned just before the general elections in 2019, was heavily damaged by fire.
Although no one was killed, the incident destroyed electoral materials, office equipment, and furniture.
The attack came a week after the INEC office in the state’s Ahiazu Mbaise Local Government Area was vandalised.
It’s also the ninth INEC office in Imo to be targeted since the general election in 2019.
INEC OFFICE IN NJABA LGA OF IMO STATE SET ABLAZE pic.twitter.com/mm5jWR8yon
— INEC Nigeria (@inecnigeria) May 30, 2021
The Statement reads;
INEC OFFICE IN NJABA LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA OF IMO STATE SET ABLAZE
Our Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) for Imo State, Professor Francis Ezeonu, has reported that our office in the Njaba Local Government Area of Imo State was set ablaze today Sunday 30th May 2021.
Although no life was lost, the building was substantially burnt down,
along with electoral materials, office equipment and furniture.
This latest incident has been reported to the Police for investigation.
This attack is coming exactly a week after our office in Ahiazu Mbaise Local Government Area of the State was vandalized on Sunday 23rd May 2021. It is also the 8th INEC office to be attacked in Imo State since the 2019 General Election.
The total number of INEC offices attacked nationwide since 2019 has now risen to 42.
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.
Festus Okoye Esq.
National Commissioner & Chairman,
Information and Voter Education Committee. Sunday 30th May 2021.