Unknown Gunmen Attacks: INEC Evacuates From Imo

INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu
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By Akombo Aondona, Abuja

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has commence evacuation of electoral materials from Imo State as attacks on its offices continue in the state ahead of 2023 general election.

A statement on Wednesday 21 December, 2022 by the National Commissioner and Chairman Information and Voters Education Committee, Barr. Festus Okoye, disclosed this following a report of attacks on Isu local government office of INEC.

Okoye wrote: “The Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) for Imo State, Professor Sylvia Uchenna Agu, has reported that our office in Isu Local Government Area office was attacked and vandalised. The incident occurred in the early hours of Tuesday, 20th December 2022.

“Eight windows were smashed, and burglary proofs removed. Fortunately, the attackers could not access the building. Movable and immovable equipment as well as other materials were not removed or vandalised.

“However, as a precautionary measure, critical materials such as ballot boxes and voting cubicles have been evacuated to another INEC facility for safekeeping. Similarly, all uncollected PVCs have been secured while security will be deployed to ensure the continuous collection of the cards by registered voters in the same premises.

“The incident has been reported to the Police and other security agencies for necessary action. “This is the fourth attack on INEC facilities in Imo State in less than three weeks following previous attacks on Orlu and Oru West Local Government Areas and the State Headquarters in Owerri.

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