Hoodlums, on Sunday, set the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) office in the Izzi Local Government Area of Ebonyi State on fire destroying several Permanent Voters’ Cards (PVCs) and other electoral items in the process.
Festus Okoye, INEC’s National Commissioner & Chairman Information and Voter Education Committee, made this known in a statement on Sunday statement.
“The incident occurred around 10.00 am when some unidentified persons set the entire building ablaze,”
“Although no casualties resulted from the attack, the main building and all the movable and immovable items inside it were destroyed. 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)” he disclosed.
He said security agencies have been informed about the most recent incident and that an investigation has started.
“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,” Okoye said.
It would be recalled that election offices have been attacked recently in the country’s southeast, where separatists are seeking a breakaway state for the local Igbo people, but attacks in the southwest are rarer.