The office of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Essien Udim Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom state has been set ablaze by yet-to-be-identified hoodlums in the early hours of Sunday.
The Independent National Electoral Commission has announced the destruction of items in its office in Essien Udim Local Government Area in Akwa Ibom State as hoodlums set it ablaze.
This was disclosed in a statement on Sunday signed by Festus Okoye Esq, the National Commissioner, and IVEC Chairman, who also said that an investigation into the incident by the police has commenced.
The statement said the incident occurred in the early hours of Sunday and that the security guard on duty at the INEC office escaped unhurt while ballot boxes, voting cubicles and other items were destroyed.
The statement read, “The Resident Electoral Commissioner for Akwa Ibom State, Barr. Mike Igini, has reported that our office in Essien Udim Local Government Area has been set ablaze.
“The incident occurred in the early hours of this morning, Sunday 2nd May 2021. Our security guard on duty escaped unhurt but the destruction to the building and properties therein was extensive. Items destroyed include 345 ballot boxes, 135 voting cubicles, megaphones, water tanks, and office furniture.’
“Nevertheless, the Commission wishes to assure Nigerians that we will leave no stone unturned to recover from the incident in Akwa Ibom State as we continue to prepare for all electoral activities.