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Enugu State Governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi on Sunday, visited the office of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Ogrute, Igbo-Eze North Local Government Area of the state which was recently attacked by unknown gunmen.
Governor Ugwuanyi, who was received at the location by the member representing Igbo-Eze North/Udenu Federal Constituency, Hon. Engr. Simon Atigwe, the Chairman of Igbo-Eze North LGA, Hon. Engr. Ejike Itodo and the Enugu North Senatorial District Vice Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Nze Michael Onyeze, among others, went round the building to ascertain the level of damage at the INEC facility.
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The governor thereafter shortly went on to inspect the council area where he assessed and interacted with the residents on the need to continue to encourage and support the security agencies to safeguard life and property.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had last week confirmed the news that some hoodlums had attacked and burnt down its office at Igboeze North Local Government Area of Enugu State.
The Eastern Updates had also reported that the incident had occurred on Sunday night when some yet-to-be-identified arsonists stormed the office situated at the council’s headquarters in Ogurute.
Confirming the incident, the Resident Electoral Commissioner in the state, Mr. Emeka Ononamadu, in a statement on Monday, said the arsonists overpowered the security guards, forced their way into the premises, and set the building ablaze. He affirmed that although no casualties were reported, 748 ballot boxes, 240 voting cubicles, office furniture, and equipment were destroyed in spite of the effort of the Enugu State Fire Service deployed from Nsukka.
Ononamadu added that the Commission is working to ascertain the status of voter registration machines for the ongoing Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) exercise as well as uncollected Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs) locked up in the fireproof cabinet.