- INEC properties and facilities in the southeast continue to suffer attacks by unknown armed individuals in the region
- The latest attack occurred in Enugu state on Sunday, January 15, according to the election management body.
- Attacks on INEC facilities in the region have been frequent since last year in what appear to be coordinated attacks to scare potential voters ahead of the 2023 elections.
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enugu- The Independent National Election Commission (INEC) has reported another attack on one of its facilities in the South Enugu Local Government Area, Enugu State.
In a statement sent to legit.ng By its commissioner and president of the electoral information and education commission, Festus Okoye, the electoral body said that one of the police officers deployed in the place also died and another was injured.
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Okoye revealed that the attackers, who were unable to enter the main building, smashed through the security gate.
According to him, the event occurred around 9:00 p.m. on the night of Sunday, January 15.
Part of the statement read:
“Of the two police officers deployed to protect the facility, one lost his life while the other was injured and is receiving treatment.
“The commission prays for the rest of the soul of the deceased policeman and the speedy recovery of the injured.”
He said a meeting of the Inter-Agency Advisory Committee on Election Security in Enugu, co-chaired by the Resident Election Commissioner, Chukwuemeka Chukwu, and the state’s Police Commissioner, Ahmed Ammani, was convened to discuss the latest incident.
According to him, additional strategies to strengthen offices and protect personnel and materials will be discussed at the meeting.
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Remember that an attack was recently launched against an INEC office in the Isu local government area of Imo state.
The development was confirmed by the Resident Election Commissioner in Imo State, Prof. Sylvia Uchenna Agu.
According to Agu, the facility was vandalized, but he added that the perpetrators were unable to access the main building.
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Meanwhile, ahead of the 2023 general election, INEC recently revealed that there are 93.4 million registered voters in Nigeria.
Mahmood Yakubu, president of INEC, announced this on Wednesday, January 11, at a meeting with the political parties at the commission’s headquarters in Abuja.
At the meeting, Yakubu submitted the voter registration to political parties in accordance with the electoral act.