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Arsonists On The Rampage Again, Burn Down INEC Office 

Michael Chukwuebuka, Reporting

Barely eight months to the commencement of the 2023 general elections in Nigeria, suspected arsonists have burned down an office of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Enugu.

This is coming few days after the electoral body graciously acceded to the call by Nigerian to extend the ongoing voter registration exercise across the country.

The office of the electoral umpire is located at Igboeze North Local Government Area of Enugu State.

The suspects committed the dastardly act at about 11.48p.m on Sunday, 3rd July 2022.

They were said to have overpowered the security guards on duty and forced their way into the premises before setting the building on fire.

No casualties have been reported, as of the time of filing the report.

However, no fewer than 748 ballot boxes, 240 voting cubicles, office furniture and equipment were said to have been destroyed.

Men of the Enugu State Fire Service were reportedly deployed from Nsukka to the scene but could hardly do much to salvage the INEC facility.

A statement from the electoral body on Monday signed by its National Commissioner for Information, Festus Okoye, has it that the electoral body was still working to ascertain the status of voter registration machines for the ongoing Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) exercise as well as uncollected Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs) locked up in the fireproof cabinet.

Stonix News recalled that on 23rd May, 2021, an INEC office in neighbouring Igboeze South Local Government Area was attacked in a similar manner by suspected arsonists.

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