Without any election going on, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Local Government Office in Essien Udim Local Government Area in Akwa Ibom State, Southsouth Nigeria, was on Sunday set on fire.
This ugly news was disclosed in a statement issued on Sunday by the National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, Barr. Festus Okoye.
The statement said the security guard at the INEC office escaped unhurt, adding that the building and properties were destroyed.
INEC, however, revealed that an investigation by the police into the incident has commenced.
The statement reads, “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.
“It will be recalled that on the eve of the 2019 General Election, our newly constructed prototype LGA office in Ibesikpo Asutan was burnt down while two more offices in Mkpat Enin and Eastern Obolo LGAS were bombed”, the statement said.