Hoodlums set INEC office ablaze in Akwa Ibom

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Less than 24 hours to the governorship and State House of Assembly election, suspected hoodlums yesterday burnt down office of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Ibesikpo Asuntan local government area of Akwa Ibom state.

Some electoral materials were destroyed in the incident.

Akwa Ibom was among the states that recorded high rate of violence in the presidential and national assembly elections.

Mike Igini, Resident Electoral Commissioner of the state, has visited the scene for assessment. He said the action would not affect Saturday’s elections.

“In the wee hours this morning, I got a call that one of the areas offices has been gutted by fire. So we had to call the fire service, and the DPO around that area,” he told newsmen.

“So they all moved in there, and responded, and there were able to evacuate the entire ballot papers that had been delivered to the local government, intact. But because the storeroom behind the building is very close to the fence, obviously we saw some footprints, because it rained yesterday, it was very clear where they came in through to do the sabotage.

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