Another Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) office has been set ablaze in Orlu Local Government Area of Imo state. This happens to be the fourth of INEC office in three weeks.
It was reported that similar attacks were carried out in Ogun and Osun states respectively on the 10th of November.
Last Sunday, a local office of INEC was also set ablaze in Ebonyi State, by some un-identified persons. A large quantity of Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs) were also reported destroyed on the attack.
The INEC spokesperson, Festus Okoye reported that the latest incident happened on Thursday. He disclosed this in a statement on Friday.
“The building, which is undergoing extensive renovation following an earlier attack, was vandalised and partially set ablaze,” he said.
“The damage would have been more extensive, but for the quick response of the Nigeria Police Force which had deployed its personnel to the site,” he stated.
INEC Chairman Mahmood Yakubu said, on Monday, that the recent attacks on its facilities will not stop the conduct of the 2023 general elections.
Mr Okoye said three persons were abducted upon the attack, but later released. He admitted that the attacks on the INEC facilities have become “too many” and expressed his concerns on the negative consequences this could have in the preparation for the 2023 general elections.
The gunmen have seemed to be focusing more on the South-East in recent times even though attacks of the INEC offices have been reported from across the country.
These attacks have however raised concerns in many on the organization of the upcoming general elections.