INEC confirmed the attack on the office at its headquarters in Imo on the day PVC collection began

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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) confirmed the attack on the office of the state headquarters in Owerri, Imo State, although it said no critical election material was destroyed or casualties were recorded.

This disclosure was contained in a statement signed by INEC’s National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, Festus Okoye, on Monday, in which he lamented that the attack occurred on the day the collection of Permanent Voters Card (PVC) began ) across the country.

Okoye stated that the attack was the third on the commission’s facilities in Imo State in less than 2 weeks, a continuation of the violence targeting INEC properties across the country.

Details of the attack

The INEC National commissioner noted that the prompt response of the security and emergency service providers prevented further damage to the building and other properties of the commission.

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  • The statement from INEC read, “The Resident Electoral Commissioner for Imo State, Professor Sylvia Agu, has reported that our office at the State Headquarters in Owerri was attacked by unknown gunmen. The incident happened around 3:00 a.m. today, Monday, December 12, 2022.
  • “The attack affected the part of the building occupied by the Election and Party Monitoring Department and an official utility vehicle (a Toyota Hilux pickup van) was set on fire.
  • “The response of the security and emergency service provider (the Fire Service) prevented further damage to the building and other assets of the Commission. No critical election material was destroyed. There were also no casualties involving the staff of the Commission.
  • “This is the third attack on the Commission facilities in Imo State in less than two weeks.
  • “Our Imo State Headquarters is located in the center of Owerri, the state capital, between the court and the state secretariat.
  • “So this is yet another systematic attack targeting the Commission’s assets across the country, more so, on the day the collection of Permanent Voter Cards begins across the country ahead of the 2023 general elections.”

For the records

Some INEC offices across the country have been the subject of violent attacks by unknown gunmen as the 2023 general election approaches.

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Earlier, reports emerged that 4 persons including a policeman were killed in an attack which was repelled by the police at the INEC headquarters along Port Harcourt Road in Owerri, the Imo State capital.

According to the spokesperson of the Imo State Police Command, Mike Abattam, the armed men numbering more than 10 arrived around 3:00 am with petrol bombs and dynamite.

He, however, said the hoodlums were confronted by security operatives who repelled the attack and killed three of the attackers.

Recall that barely a week ago, gunmen attacked the INEC office in Oru West Local Government Area of ​​Imo State, making it the seventh attack on the commission’s facilities in the last 4 months.

The attack in Oru West happened 3 days after another INEC office was attacked in Orlu Local Government Area of ​​the same Imo State.

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