JUST IN: Hoodlums Burn Down INEC Office In Akwa Ibom, Ballot Boxes, Election Materials Destroyed

May 2, 2021
13 Views

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) office in Essien Udim Local Government Area (LGA) in Akwa Ibom State, has been set ablaze.

Festus Okoye Esq, National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, disclosed this in a statement issued on Sunday

According to the statement, the security guard at the INEC office escaped unhurt, stressing that the buidling and properties suffered extensive destruction.

However, the commission revealed that an investigation by the police into the incident has commenced.

“The Resident Electoral Commissioner for Akwa Ibom State, Barr. Mike Igini, has reported that our office in Essien Udim Local Government Area has been set ablaze.

“The incident occurred in the early hours of this morning, Sunday 2nd May 2021. Our security guard on duty escaped unhurt but the destruction to the building and properties therein was extensive. Items destroyed include 345 ballot boxes, 135 voting cubicles, megaphones, water tanks and office furniture.

“The police, which has also been battling with attacks on its facilities and personnel in the area, is aware of the incident and has commenced investigation.

“It will be recalled that on the eve of the 2019 General Election, our newly constructed prototype LGA office in Ibesikpo Asutan was burnt down while two more offices in Mkpat Enin and Eastern Obolo LGAS were bombed.

“The recent attack on our facility after we have just concluded the inventory of electoral materials nationwide in readiness for the 2023 General Election is worrisome. If unchecked, these attacks may constitute a setback on the Commission’s preparations, including the ongoing conversion of Voting Points to Polling Units, the forthcoming Continuous Registration of Voters (CVR) exercise and the conduct of polls.

“Nevertheless, the Commission wishes to assure Nigerians that we will leave no stone unturned to recover from the incident in Akwa Ibom State as we continue to prepare for all electoral activities.”

You may be interested

APC releases timetable for convention, says no position yet on zoning
News
3 views
News
3 views

APC releases timetable for convention, says no position yet on zoning

Webby - January 19, 2022

A file photo of the APC flag.The All Progressives Congress (APC) has insisted that its proposed national convention will be…

Fuel Hike: Delta NLC braces up for nation-wide rally on Jan. 27
News
3 views
News
3 views

Fuel Hike: Delta NLC braces up for nation-wide rally on Jan. 27

Webby - January 19, 2022

.td-post-sharing-classic { position: relative; height: 20px; } .td-post-sharing { margin-left: -3px; margin-right: -3px; font-family: 'Open Sans', 'Open Sans Regular', sans-serif;…

Nigerians Bash Tinubu For Promising To Pay Students’ WAEC Fees
News
2 views
News
2 views

Nigerians Bash Tinubu For Promising To Pay Students’ WAEC Fees

Webby - January 19, 2022

Some Nigerians on social media have bashed Bola Ahmed Tinubu, National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), after he…

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published.