– The police are investigating a fire incident at the INEC headquarters in Enugu state
– The estimated damage caused by the fire has not yet been disclosed
– INEC has raised concerns over alleged sabotage of its facilities
Fire has destroyed sections of the headquarters of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Enugu state.
The incident was reported to have occurred on Sunday night, May 16.
PM News reported that the office is located at number 1 Achi Street by Agric Bank Bus stop in Independence Layout.
The publication stated that the commissioner of police in the state, Mohammed Aliyu, confirmed the development.
Premium Times reported that the Enugu State Fire Service, as well as the Federal Fire Service, were called to put out the fire.
The cause of the latest fire incident has not been established, however, INEC facilities mainly in the southeast and south-south regions of Nigeria have been attacked by arsonists.
Meanwhile, INEC has warned that its preparations for the 2023 general election may suffer a huge setback.
The electoral commission gave the warning in response to an attack on one of its offices in Essien Udim local government area, of Akwa Ibom state.
A spokesperson for INEC, Festus Okoye, in a statement via Facebook on Sunday, May 2, stated that the recent attack on its facilities, if unchecked, may affect future polls.
In another report, the electoral commission has threatened to blacklist political parties unable to conduct peaceful congresses and primaries from receiving electoral materials for their future activities.
Political parties will also be made to pay for the electoral materials damaged during their congresses, INEC warned. It added that it might not acknowledge the result of violent congresses if the trend continues.