Hoodlums Set INEC Office Ablaze In Akwa Ibom
Suspected hoodlums have burnt down an office of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Ibesikpo Asuntan local government area of Akwa Ibom State.
Some electoral materials were destroyed in the incident which happened on the eve of the governorship and state assembly elections.
A security guard who was on duty at the INEC office said the fire started around 2 a.m. on Friday.
“We heard an explosion inside the building, when we rushed to check what it was, we saw flames of fire coming from one of the rooms,” the guard said.
“We raised alarm for help, and then we started fighting the fire, using water and sand. But it was too much for us.”
A section of the building still smouldered and election materials apparently evacuated from the burnt building, were scattered around the premises.
Several card readers meant for use in the Saturday’s elections have been destroyed by the fire,
The police were, however able to secure some electoral materials.
Akwa Ibom was among the states that recorded high rate of violence in the presidential and national assembly elections.
Mike Igini, Resident Electoral Commissioner of the state, has visited the scene. It is unclear if the incident would affect Saturday’s election in the area.
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