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Barely days after an office of the Independent National Electoral Commission was razed in Udenu Local Government of Enugu State, the state headquarters of the commission was attacked on Sunday night.
NewsWireNGR gathered that hoodlums arrived in a Mini-Bus and invaded the premises of the commission located near Enugu State Broadcasting Service at Independence Layout, burning six Hilux vehicles
NewsWireNGR also learned that they tried to burn buildings in the premises but were resisted by armed security operatives guarding the premises. However, they destroyed and burned some furniture before firefighters arrived.
According to the state INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner, Emeka Ononamadu, who confirmed the incident to THE PUNCH, “Firefighters were alerted shortly after the inferno was noticed and they rushed to the scene to prevent the fire from spreading to the main office complex.”
The State Commissioner of Police in a statement made through the Command’s spokesman, Daniel Ndukwe, said “yet to be identified armed miscreants, on Sunday, 16/05/2021 at about 2030hrs, attempted to set the Enugu Headquarters of the Independence National Electoral Commission (INEC) ablaze but were stiffly resisted by joint security operatives who swiftly mobilized to the scene.
“The State Fire Service personnel, who promptly responded to calls put across to them, helped in quenching the fire already set on four vehicles and two cushions within the office premises.
“Meanwhile, the Commissioner of Police, Mohammed Aliyu, who immediately raced to the scene alongside Heads of other Security Agencies in the State, has ordered the emplacement of adequate security within the precincts of the office and the launch of a full-scale investigation to unravel the mystery behind the act as well as fish out the assailants.”