The office of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Iboko, Izz local government area in Ebonyi state has been set ablaze by hoodlums.
INEC’s national commissioner, Festus Okoye, announced the development in a statement on Sunday.
According to the statement, Onyeka Ugochi, the resident electoral commissioner (REC) for Ebonyi state, reported to the commission that the office was set ablaze around 10 am on Sunday by unidentified persons.
“Although no casualties resulted from the attack, the main building and all the movable and immovable items inside it were destroyed,” Mr Okoye said.
“These include 340 ballot boxes, 130 voting cubicles, 14 electric power generators, large water storage tanks, assorted office furniture and fixtures and yet-to-be-determined quantities of Permanent Voters’ Cards (PVCs).
“The attention of the Nigeria Police Force and other security agencies has been drawn to the incident and have commenced an investigation.
“Sadly, this is the third attack on our Local Government office in less than three weeks following similar attacks on our offices in Ogun and Osun States on 10th November 2022.”
In November, INEC’s offices in Ogun and Osun states have been attacked.
In Ogun alone, a total of 65,699 uncollected PVCs, 904 ballot boxes, 29 voting cubicles, 30 megaphones, 57 election bags, and eight electric power generators were destroyed in the fire.
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