Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, is currently holding an emergency meeting with Resident Electoral Commissioners at the Commission’s headquarters in Abuja.
This comes amidst the spate of attacks on the electoral commission’s offices in different states in the country with at least 23 structures already attacked by unknown persons.
WUZUPNIGERIA reported that there were at least two offices burnt in fresh attacks in the Ebonyi and Ezza North Local Government Areas of Ebonyi State on Tuesday night.
Before last night’s attack, the 23rd on INEC facilities, the commission had announced that it would be “holding an emergency meeting with the Resident Electoral Commissioners (RECs) on Wednesday 19th May 2021” as a result of the spate of attacks on its facilities.
INEC is also expected to hold “another emergency meeting with heads of all the security agencies in the country under the auspices of the Inter-Agency Consultative Committee on Election Security (ICCES).”
Recall that the emergency meeting was triggered by a similar attack on the headquarters of the electoral body in Enugu State on the 16th of May 2021.
INEC said that “the attackers set the foyer ablaze, vandalised some offices in the main building and caused extensive damage to some of the Commission’s movable assets within the premises.
“Six (6) utility pick up vehicles (Toyota Hilux) were burnt down while two (2) more were smashed and damaged. The security agencies who were at the scene have commenced investigation.”
Reports revealed that at least four INEC offices in Akwa Ibom, three in Abia state and two in Anambra and Imo states have been lost to vandalism.
The Punch reports that between February 2019 and May 2021 are the commission’s offices in Borno, Ebonyi, Jigawa, Kano, Ondo, Plateau and Rivers, have also been attacked, including Abuja.
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