The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has again drawn the attention of the security agencies for investigation, arrest and prosecution of hoodlums who attacked its Oru West Local Government office in Imo state early hours of Sunday.
A statement by the National Commissioner and Chairman Information and Voter Education Committee, Barrister Festus Okoye, said the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) for Imo state, Professor Sylvia Uchenna Agu, has had reported the incident to the INEC headquarters in Abuja.
According to Okoye, the attack affected the conference room where office furniture and fittings were destroyed but other critical facilities were not affected.
The statement read, “The Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) for Imo State, Professor Sylvia Uchenna Agu, has reported that our office in Oru West Local Government Area was attacked at about 4.00am today Sunday 4th December 2022.
“The attack affected the Conference Room where office furniture and fittings were destroyed. However, other critical facilities were not affected.
“It would be recalled that on Thursday 1st December 2022, our office in Orlu Local Government Area of Imo State was also attacked.
“Overall, this is the 7th attack on our facilities in five States of the Federation in the last four months.
“Once again, the commission expresses its concern on the consequences of what appears to be a systematic attack on its facilities across the country on the conduct of elections in particular and electoral activities in general.
“The attention of the security agencies has been drawn to this latest incident for investigation and prosecution.”