The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has declared the incessant attacks on INEC offices in some states as a case of national emergency, the latest attacks being that of Anambra, Enugu, and Imo State. This was contained in a press release on Monday, signed by National commissioner and chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, Festus Okoye, Esq.
In the statement, the Resident Electoral commissioners (REC) for Anambra State, Dr. Nwachukwu Orji, Professor Francis Ezeonu for Imo State and Emeka Ononamadu reported that the attacks occurred at different times on Sunday Night, May 23.
According to the statement, these recent attacks have been the worse so far as the State Headquarters office in Akwa, the capital of Anambra was set ablaze in the most devastating onslaught on the Commission’s facilities so far, with electoral materials completely burnt down.
TOS News gathered no electoral materials or office equipment were destroyed in Imo State; but its INEC office in Mbaise Local Government Area was attacked and the damage was limited to some buildings, specifically the windows and roof.
The Enugu attack being the third attack on INEC facilities in the state in less than two weeks destroyed the store house of the Igboeze South LGA as it was completely burnt down.
The commission stated that no lives were lost in the attacks as the attacks were orchestrated at incapacitating the commission in conducting electoral activities.