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INEC commends security agents’ response to burnt Enugu office

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has disclosed that it will systematically embark on the commencement of physical registration of voters in its state and Local Government Area offices after consulting stakeholders and reviewing the security situation across the country.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has confirmed a fresh attack on its office in Awgu Local Government Area of Enugu State, commending security agents for a prompt response.

INEC, in a statement signed by National Commissioner and Chairman Information and Voter Education Committee, Festus Okoye, said that the incident has been reported to the Nigeria Police Force for investigation.

He said that though the intention of the attackers is not known, the good news is that there were no casualties while all movable election materials had been evacuated before the attack.

“Our Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) for Enugu State, Emeka Ononamadu, reported an attack on the INEC office in Awgu LGA of the State.

“The building was set ablaze this morning, Sunday, September 19, 2021, resulting in extensive damage to mainly the stores’ section where election materials are kept.

“Fortunately, all movable election materials had been evacuated following recent attacks on our offices in the State. There are no casualties in the incident.

“The identity or motives of attackers are unknown while the incident has been reported to the Nigeria Police Force for investigation.

“The Commission appreciates the prompt response of the security agencies comprising the Nigeria Police Force, the Nigerian Army, the Department of State Services (DSS) and the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) as well the Enugu State Fire Service and the Awgu Local Government Neighbourhood Watch.

“This unfortunate incident is the first since the last attack on our facilities four months ago in May 2021,” the statement read.

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