2023: How Arsonists Set Ablaze INEC Office In Imo, Kidnapped Workers

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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has continued to witness disturbing trends involving attacks on its facilities across the country.

The latest is the commission’s office in Orlu Local Government Area of Imo State.

It was gathered that some suspected arsonists razed the INEC’s office in Orlu Local Government Area of Imo State, Nigeria’s south-east, accounting for the fourth attack on the commission’s facilities in the space of three weeks.

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INEC’s Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) for Imo State, Prof. Sylvia Agu, confirmed the attack in a statement issued by the National Commissioner, Information and Voter Education Committee, Festus Okoye.

In the statement, the electoral body confirmed that the suspected arsonists attacked the building undergoing renovation on Thursday.

“The incident occurred on Thursday, 1st December, 2022.

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“The building, which is undergoing extensive renovation following an earlier attack, was vandalised and partially set ablaze,” he said.

Okoye said some of those working on the site were kidnapped but later released.

He disclosed that the timely intervention of the police deployed to the site reduced the damage.

“The damage would have been more extensive but for the quick response of the Nigeria Police which has deployed its personnel to the site.”

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