Breaking: Hoodlums attack Enugu INEC Hqtrs, set vehicles ablaze

By AdvocateNews on 16/05/2021

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The Headquarters of Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, in Enugu went up in flames Sunday night destroying some official vehicles.

It was learnt that hoodlums numbering about seven in a Mini-Bus stormed the premises of the commission located near Enugu State Broadcasting Service at Independence Layout Enugu and set fire to six Hilux vehicles five of which were completely burnt. The sixth was partially destroyed.  

They reportedly tried to set buildings in the premises ablaze but were resisted by armed security operatives guarding the premises.  Some furnitures in one of the offices were said to have caught fire before firefighters arrived.  

Residents of the area said they heard sounds of gunshots at about 10.pm before the inferno but it could not be ascertained by press time those responsible for the shooting. 

The State INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner, Emeka Ononamadu, told journalists on phone when contacted that some vehicles in the premises were affected but the office buildings were saved.

Firefighters were alerted shortly after the inferno was noticed and they rushed to the scene and prevented the fire from spreading to the main office complex, The Advocate learnt. 

Meanwhile, armed security operatives were said to have cordoned off the area while men of the State Fire Service were still in the premises with their equipment by press time. 

It will be recalled that the INEC office at Udenu Local Government Area of the state was razed by unknown hoodlums and several office equipment and documents were destroyed last Thursday. There was no casualty and no arrest has been made.

Posted 16/05/2021 11:33:57 PM

 

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