The spate of arson attacks on INEC facilities and property continues as another INEC office came under attack on Thursday.
The Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) for Imo State, Professor Sylvia Uchenna Agu confirmed that the INEC office in Orlu Local Government Area was attacked. The incident occurred Thursday 1st December 2022.
This was confirmed in a statement released by Festus Okoye, National Commissioner & Chairman Information and Voter Education Committee
According to Okoye: “The building, which is undergoing extensive renovation following an earlier attack, was vandalised and partially set ablaze.”
Three out of seven construction workers were abducted but later released.
Okoye said the damage would have been more extensive but for the quick response of the Nigeria Police which has deployed its personnel to the site.
Okoye said “This is one attack too many. The Commission once again expresses its concern over the spate of attacks on its facilities and the negative consequences on our preparations for the 2023 General Election.”
How Police repelled attack on INEC office in Imo
Imo Police Command says it repelled an attack on the building of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) located in Orlu LGA in Imo
The command further disclosed that the hoodlums, who attacked the INEC facility, later retreated with bullet wounds after they suffered huge defeat from the tactical team of the command.
Police Public Relations Officer CSP Mike Abatam disclosed the foiled attack in a statement signed on behalf of the CP Mohammed Barde on Thursday.
He said minimal damage was sustained as a result of the explosive device the hoodlums used to attack the office.
“On 02/12/ 2022 at about 04:30 hours, gunmen suspected to be members of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) came in their numbers to the Independent National Electoral Commission office Orlu in Orlu Local Government Area of Imo State.
” They threw Improvised Explosive Devices( IEDs) into the office from outside the fence and shooting sporadically, fighting their way into the office but were repelled by the ever gallant Imo Police Command’s Tactical Teams.
“The police operatives who positioned themselves strategically and professionally, engaged the hoodlums in a gun duel and in the process, they were suppressed, having suffered a huge defeat, with a number of them sustaining various bullet wounds, they retreated,
“In the course of the foiled attack, no life was lost and no arms or ammunition was carted away.
“The INEC main building was not affected by the explosives only minor damage was done on the security post affected by the fire from the explosives which were put off immediately by the police operatives.
“Meanwhile, Investigation is ongoing and efforts are on top gear to arrest the fleeing suspects since they cannot go far because of the volume of blood stains that were seen on the ground after their escape.
He said the CP commended the officers and men for their gallantry and urged them not to relent in their efforts until all criminal elements and their partners were apprehended and made to face the full wrath of the law.
The CP also appealed to the general public for their continuous support and collaboration by giving security agencies, especially the Police, credible and timely information about the activities of hoodlums.