Election Materials Had Been Moved Out Before Enugu Office Fire — INEC

20 September, 2021

Festus Okoye

Festus Okoye, INEC Nation­al Commissioner and Chair­man, Information and Voter Education Committee, said election materials had been removed before the fire inci­dent at INEC office in Awgu Local Government Area on Sunday.

In a statement made avail­able to journalists in Enugu on Sunday, Okoye said, “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, September 19, 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”, he said.

When contact the Spokes­person of Enugu State Police Command, Daniel Ndukwe, who confirmed the fire in­cident said, “The State CID Enugu has commenced in­vestigation to unravel the mystery behind the fire inci­dent that occurred at INEC Office in Awgu LGA, in the early hours of today, 19th September, 2021. Further de­velopment will be communi­cated, please.”

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