Uknown persons suspected to be thugs on Sunday set the office of the Independent National Electoral Commission in Awgu Local Government Area of Enugu State ablaze.
This was contained in a statement released by INEC National Commissioner and Chairman of Information and Voter Education, Festus Okoye.
The attack, which took place in the early hours of the day, resulted in extensive damage to the stores section where election materials are kept.
Sunday's fire incident is the latest in a series of attacks on INEC offices especially in the South-East and South-South regions.
Recall that in May, the commission’s headquarters in Enugu was burnt down, three days after another office in Obollo-Afor, Udenu LGA of the state, was razed.
Okoye revealed that all movable election materials had been evacuated following recent attacks on the commission’s offices in the state.
This is just as he added that there were no casualties in the incident.
“The identity or motives of attackers are unknown while the incident has been reported to the Nigeria Police Force for investigation,” the statement added. “This unfortunate incident is the first since the last attack on our facilities four months ago in May 2021,” the statement read in part.
The commissioner commended the prompt response of the security agencies comprising the police, the Army, the Department of State Services and the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps as well the Enugu State Fire Service and the Awgu Local Government Neighbourhood Watch.