The Independent National Electoral Commission will meet heads of security agencies to find solutions and put an end to the attacks on its offices in some parts of the country.
The meeting with security chiefs will be held after the commission meets with its resident electoral commissioners on Wednesday.
Other states that witnessed fire incidents between February 2019 and May 2021 are Borno, Ebonyi, Jigawa, Kano, Ondo, Plateau, and Rivers. Abuja was also affected.
The INEC office in the Obollo-Afor, Udenu Local Government Area of Enugu State was burnt by a midnight fire on Thursday, 13th of May, 2021 while on Sunday, 16th of May, 2021, the headquarters of INEC in the same state was razed by fire. This brings the total number of offices affected by fire in the last two years to 21.
On Monday, 17th of May, 2021, the top official of the commission said, “After our meeting on Wednesday, we will meet security chiefs to end this ugly development which may affect future elections.”
The Chief Press Secretary to the INEC Chairman, Mr. Rotimi Oyekanmi, warned that the commission’s capacity to prepare properly for future elections could be affected if the attacks on its facilities as being witnessed lately in parts of the country continued.
He said, “The commission will not be deterred by the unprovoked spate of attacks from carrying out the required electoral activities in the region and the entire country.