No Critical Election Material Destroyed In Imo Head Office Attack – INEC

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says no critical election materials were destroyed in an attack on its Imo headquarters.

No Critical Election Material Destroyed In Imo Head Office Attack - INEC

The INEC national commissioner and chairman of the information and voter education committee, Festus Okoye, said this in a statement on Monday.

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TalkGlitz had reported that gunmen attacked the head office of INEC in Owerri, the Imo state.

Police officers stationed at the office repelled the attack and three of the gunmen were said to have been killed.

According to Okoye, Sylvia Uchenna Agu, INEC resident commissioner, had reported that the head office was attacked at about 3 am.

He said although the attack affected the part of the building occupied by the election and party monitoring (EPM) department, no critical election material was destroyed.

“The response of the security and emergency services (the Fire Service) curtailed further damage to the building and other assets of the Commission. No critical election materials were destroyed. There were also no casualties involving staff of the Commission,” the statement read.

“This is the third attack on the Commission’s facilities in Imo State in less than two weeks following the earlier attacks on our Orlu LGA office on Thursday 1st December 2022 and Oru West LGA office on Sunday 4th December 2022.

“Our Imo State Headquarters is located in the centre of Owerri, the State capital, between a court and the State secretariat. This is therefore yet another systematic attack targeted at the Commission’s assets across the country, more so on the day that the collection of Permanent Voters’ Cards (PVCs) commences nationwide ahead of the 2023 General Election.”

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