Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Angry youth set INEC office on fire in Imo – Police


Rayyan Alhassan
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Rayyan Alhassan is a 30-year-old graduate of Journalism and Mass Communication at Sikkim Manipal University, Ghana. He is the acting Managing Editor at the Daily Nigerian newspaper, a position he has held for the past 3 years. He can be reached via [email protected], or www.facebook.com/RayyanAlhassan, or @Rayyan88 on Twitter.
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Angry youths on Sunday set ablaze the office of the Independent National Electoral Commission in Umuneke Ngor, Ngor Okpala local government area of Imo.

The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Orlando Ikeokwu confirmed the incident to newsmen in Owerri.

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Mr Ikeokwu said that the Police command in the state had commenced investigation into the matter adding that perpetrators of the dastardly act would be punished accordingly.

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In his remarks, the Head of Department of Voter Education in INEC, Mr Sunday Adedoyin told journalists that the commission had reported the matter to its headquarters in Abuja.

Meanwhile, eyewitnesses said the incident happened when security personnel arrived to take away election results of the just concluded Governorship and State Assembly elections from the local government area to Owerri collation centre without first announcing the results there.

According to them, the crowd grew angry when the security personnel refused to provide any form of identification before taking the results.

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The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the election results were however, unaffected by the fire as confirmed by an INEC official who pleaded anonymity.

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A resident of the area, Chidi Amadi, said the people saw the move to return the results to Owerri before announcing them as a possible way of influencing the results.

According to him, the people acted to protest what they perceived to be a fraud.


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