The Enugu State Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Office in Awgu local Government Area of Enugu State was on Sunday set ablaze by yet-to-be-identify men.
Matters Arising gathered that the INEC office was set ablaze at the early hours of sunday by yet unidentified hoodlums.
Mike Ojukwu, the chief security officer (CSO) of Awgu Ward 1, confirmed the inciden, he said “I was on duty with some neighborhood security around 8am. on Sunday when we saw the flame coming out from the INEC office and immediately rushed to the scene.
“We broke the gate of the INEC office because it was locked, only to see that fire had started from the store room in the INEC building.
“We immediately made a distress call to Awgu and Enugu fire service who came and helped us to quench the fire,” Mr Mike said.
The CSO said the intervention of the fire men prevented the fire from spreading to other parts of the building.
“It is only the store in the INEC building that was completely razed down by fire,” he said.
A staff of INEC in Enugu who spoke on condition of anonymity confirmed the incident saying” staff of the commission and security operatives are already in our office in Agwu to ascertain the level of damages as well as the unravel cause of the fire incident .
Our correspondent reports that this is the 4th INEC office that would be set ablaze in Enugu state in less than 6 months.
Meanwhile, Independent National Electoral Commission INEC has reacted to the indecent through its verified social media handle.
The commission statements read below;
Our Resident Electoral Commissioner for Enugu State, Mr. Emeka Ononamadu, reported an attack on the INEC office in Awgu Local Government Area of the State. The building was set ablaze this morning, Sunday 19th September 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.