On the 16th of May 2021, some unidentified persons overpowered the security personnel at the State headquarters of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Enugu, vandalized offices in the main building and set the foyer ablaze.

The National Commissioner and Chairman of Information and Voter Education Committee at INEC, Festus Okoye said that,

hoodlums caused extensive damage to some of the commission’s movable assets within the premises, burnt six utility vehicles and smashed two others.”

It took the swift response of the fire service to prevent further damage to the property.

Recently, there’s been several attacks on INEC offices and facilities across the country, ahead of the crucial 2023 general elections.

On the 13th of MAY, the INEC office in Obollo-Afor, Udenu Local Government Area of Enugu State was set ablaze. The incident occurred days later after INEC’s office in Ohafia local government area of Abia State was attacked by hoodlums.

In the earlier part of May another INEC office was also set on fire in Essien Udim Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State, just a couple of weeks after sensitive materials were destroyed at an INEC data processing centre in Kano.

INEC offices in Anambra and Imo have also been targeted and razed.

INEC has said to hold an emergency meeting on the19th of May, 2021, to address the incessant attacks on its offices.

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