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Saturday, 9 March 2019

DESPITE HOODLUMS ATTACK, ELECTIONS STILL UNDERWAY IN AKWA-IBOM

A section of the Independent National Electoral Commission office in Ibesikpo-Asutan Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State was on Friday razed after some hoodlums allegedly threw suspected explosive devices into the building.
This was contained in a statement issued Friday night in Abuja and signed by its National Commissioner and Chairman of its Information and Voted Education Committee, Festus Okoye. The statement partly reads:

While we do not at this point know the cause of the fire, a report has been made to the law enforcement agencies and the Fire Service. We are liaising closely with both agencies to investigate and ascertain the cause of the fire and if found to be a deliberate act, we will ensure diligent and vigorous prosecution of those responsible.
“Several sensitive and non-sensitive materials for tomorrow’s‘s Governorship and State House of Assembly elections were destroyed including 198 Smart Card Readers, the printed Register of Voters, 13 Generators as well as several Voting Cubicles and office equipment.


“Fortunately, the ballot papers and result sheets for the elections were not affected and are intact. Acting timeously, the Commission has been able to replace and reconfigure all the destroyed Smart Card Readers and reprinted the Register of Voters. With the replacement and the salvage of other items, we are pleased to announce that the election will proceed as scheduled. All registered voters in the Local Government Area are therefore requested to turn up to cast their votes between 8am and 2pm tomorrow”.

Confirming the incident, the state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Odiko Macdon, said that the Commissioner of Police, Ibrahim Sani Kaoje, was aware of the incident and had detailed senior Police operatives to investigate the incident.
“We are investigating to ascertain whether it was a clear case of arson and when the investigations are completed, we will let the world know our findings and those found culpable will be made to face the law, no matter how highly placed,” he assured.

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