Hoodlums in the early hours of Monday attacked and set ablaze the office of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Ohafia, Ohafia Local Government Area of Abia State.
Information has it that the fire which razed down the building, destroyed some official and valuable documents of the electoral body.
The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), SP Geoffrey Ogbonna in a telephone interview said that though he has heard about the incident, he until the time of the interview was yet to get the true account of the incident.
Mr. Bamidele Oyetunji when contacted by our correspondent said that he was busy and could neither confirm the incident.
However, the chairman of Ohafia Local Government Area, Dr. Okorafor Ukiwe in a statement through his Special Assistant, Idika Michael confirmed the burning of the INEC office in the local government by some arsonists.
Ukiwe in the release said “The Ohafia Local Government Council has received with dismay the unwarranted burning of the facility of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Amaekpu Ohafia at the early hours of Monday, May 10, 2021.
“Based on earlier received intelligence reports, it will be recalled that the Dr. Okorafor Ukiwe led administration mobilized the youths, hunters and Vigilante group to guide public facilities.
“This attack is condemnable, especially coming at a time the commission just concluded inventory taking of electoral materials nationwide in readiness for the 2023 general election”.
The Council Chairman appealed to the general public to remain calm and vigilant in their activities and to report any suspicious movement to the nearest security outfit.
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He assured that Governor Okezie Ikpeazu working in consonance with security agencies will do everything possible to bring the hoodlums to book.