Hoodlums Raze INEC Headquarters in Enugu  

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Obiajulu Joel Nwolu

The headquarters of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, in Enugu has been set ablaze on Sunday night with some vehicles razed.

This comes barely 48 hours after an office of the commission in Udenu Local Government Area went up in flames.

Reports say the arsonists numbering about seven stormed the commission situated near Enugu State Broadcasting Service at Independence Layout in a Mini-Bus and ignited fire to six Hilux vehicles, five of which were completely razed. The sixth was partially destroyed.

They reportedly tried to set buildings in the premises ablaze but were resisted by armed security operatives guarding the premises. Some furniture in one of the offices were said to have caught fire before firefighters arrived, Punch reports.

Residents of the area reported hearing gunshots at about 10pm before the fire but were unable to ascertain those responsible for the shooting.

The state INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner, Emeka Ononamadu, confirmed the incident when contacted on the telephone.

He said that some vehicles on the premises were affected but the office buildings were saved.

He said, “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.”

Meanwhile, the state Commissioner of Police, Mohammed Aliyu, has ordered a manhunt of the perpetrators and emplacement of adequate security around the area.

The Commissioner, through the Command’s spokesman, Daniel Ndukwe, in a statement, 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.”

 

This post was written by Obiajulu Joel Nwolu.

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