Political thugs on Friday set the party secretariat of the Imo State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) on fire.

It was gathered that the fire only affected the internal parts of the secretariat building, which is located at the Imo State University junction, along Okigwe road in Owerri.

According to reports, secretarial equipment, including files and documents, were destroyed in the inferno.

State party chairman, Hilary Eke, who confirmed the development to newsmen in Owerri, said the act was  to frustrate the Local Government Areas congress of the party on Saturday.

He said; “I have been in a meeting ahead of the LGA congress of the party in Imo state. Those who attacked the Secretariat the other Saturday are likely to be the same people who set it on fire on Friday.

“Despite the provocation , the LGA congress must go on Saturday. We have already elected five man per ward during the ward Congress. The Congress does not take place at party Secretariat, it will take place in the 27 LGAs of the state on Saturday.

“I have already petitioned the Inspector General of Police over the attack on the Secretariat the other Saturday. My duty is to report to the police and the police have the duty to investigate. So members of staff identified those who attacked it”.

Meanwhile, the Imo State Commissioner of Police, Dasuki Galadanchi, who later came to the scene of the incident told newsmen that the cause of the fire has not been ascertained but will ensure that the police gets to the root of the matter.

He assured the people of the state to go about their normal business as the police will ensure the safety of lives and property. He said in the meantime the APC office will be cordoned off.

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