INEC Office In Akwa Ibom Set Ablaze

Burnt INEC office in Akwa Ibom

By Harry Awurumibe, Editor, Bureau

Without any election going on, the Independent National Electoral Commission () Local Government Office in Essien Udim Local Government Area in Akwa Ibom State was on Sunday set on fire.

This ugly news was disclosed in a statement issued on Sunday by the National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Committee, Barr. Festus Okoye.

The statement said the guard at the office escaped unhurt, adding that the building and properties were destroyed.

, however, revealed that an investigation by the police into the incident has commenced.

The statement reads, “The Resident Electoral Commissioner for Akwa Ibom State, Barr. Mike Igini, has reported that our office in Essien Udim Local Government Area has been set ablaze.

“The incident occurred in the early hours of this morning, Sunday 2nd May 2021. Our guard on duty escaped unhurt but the destruction to the building and properties therein was extensive. Items destroyed include 345 ballot boxes, 135 voting cubicles, megaphones, tanks and office furniture.

“It will be recalled that on the eve of the 2019 General Election, our newly constructed prototype LGA office in Ibesikpo Asutan was burnt down while two more offices in Mkpat Enin and Eastern Obolo LGAS were bombed”, the statement said.

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