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Unknown gunmen raze INEC office, kill policeman in Enugu

Again, unknown gunmen attacked the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) at Enugu South Local Government area on Sunday evening, killing one of the policemen posted to secure the facility while they also severely injured another who is presently receiving treatment.

According to a statement signed by INEC National Commissioner, and Chairman
Information and Voter Education Committee, Chief Festus Okoye, the incident occured at about 9.12pm on Sunday evening. The gatehouse was reportedly burnt but security from both soldiers and rapid response force of the police prevented the gunmen from gaining access to the main building.

The statement reads:

The Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) for Enugu State, Dr. Chukwuemeka J. Chukwu, has reported that our office in Enugu South Local Government Area was attacked by unknown gunmen. The incident occurred around 9.12pm yesterday, Sunday 15th January 2023.

The security gatehouse was razed. Fortunately, the attackers could not gain access to the main building as a result of the rapid response from the Police and Army personnel from 82 Division. The State Commissioner of Police and the REC were personally at the scene immediately they received information about the attack. Of the two Policemen deployed to protect the facility, one of them lost his life while the other sustained injuries and is receiving treatment. The Commission prays for the repose of the soul of the deceased policeman and the speedy recovery of the injured.

The attack is being investigated by the security agencies. Furthermore, a meeting of the Inter-Agency Consultative Committee on Election Security (ICCES) in Enugu State co-chaired by the REC and the Commissioner of Police has been convened to discuss the latest incident and design additional strategies of fortifying the offices and protecting the personnel and materials.

Meanwhile, the destroyed gatehouse will be rebuilt, and the Commission is proceeding with its preparations for the 2023 General Election in Enugu State and the entire country as scheduled.

Festus Okoye Esq.
National Commissioner & Chairman
Information and Voter Education Committee
Monday 16th January 2023

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