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JUST IN: Hoodlums set another INEC office ablaze – seventh in 4 months

Hoodlums have burnt down another office of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Oru West Local Government Area of Imo state.

This was confirmed by the commission in a statement issued on Sunday, November 4, 2022, by its National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, Festus Okoye.

According to him, the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) for Imo State, Prof Sylvia Uchenna Agu, reported that the office was attacked at about 4.00 am on Sunday, December 4, 2022

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Okoye said the attack affected the Conference Room where office furniture and fittings were destroyed, adding that critical facilities were unaffected.

The statement read in part: “The attack affected the Conference Room where office furniture and fittings were destroyed. However, other critical facilities were not affected.

“It would be recalled that on Thursday, December 1st, 2022, our office in Orlu Local Government Area of Imo State was also attacked.

“Overall, this is the 7th attack on our facilities in five States of the Federation in the last four months.

“Once again, the commission expresses its concern on the consequences of what appears to be a systematic attack on its facilities across the country on the conduct of elections in particular and electoral activities in general.”

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The statement added that the attention of the security agencies had been drawn to the latest incident for investigation and prosecution.

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