INEC has again announced the attack on its State Headquarters office in Imo State by unknown gunmen.
In a statement by its National Commissioner and Chairman
Information and Voter Education Committee, Festus Okoye, the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) for Imo State, Professor Sylvia Uchenna Agu, reported that INEC State Headquarters in Owerri was attacked by unknown gunmen.
The statement noted that the incident occurred at about 3.00am today Monday 12th December 2022.
According to Okoye, the attack affected the part of the building occupied by the Election and Party Monitoring (EPM) Department, while one official utility vehicle (a Toyota Hilux pickup van) was burnt.
He said the response of the security and emergency services (the Fire Service) was able to curtail further damage to the building and other assets of the Commission.
“No critical election materials were destroyed. There were also no casualties involving staff of the Commission.
“This is third attack on the Commission’s facilities in Imo State in less than two weeks following the earlier attacks on our Orlu LGA office on Thursday 1st December 2022 and Oru West LGA office on Sunday 4th December 2022.
“Our Imo State Headqurters is located in the centre of the Owerri, the State capital, between a court and the State secretariat.
“This is therefore yet another systematic attack targeted at the Commission’s assets across the country, more so on the day that the collection of Permanent Voters’ Cards (PVCs) commences nationwide ahead of the 2023 General Election” Okoye said.