Some unknown gunmen have yet again burnt down an office of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC in Njaba area of Imo state.
This is coming barely 24 hours after a customary court was burned down in the same area. The incident has been confirmed by INEC through its national commissioner and chairman, Information and Voter Education committee, Festus Okoye.
“Our Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) for Imo State, Professor Francis Ezeonu, has reported that our office in 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.” he stated.