A section of the INEC office destroyed by fire. Photo credits: Daily Post.
The office of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Bori, Khana local government area of Rivers state, has been reportedly set ablaze by unknown persons.
The incident reportedly started in the early hours of Friday, July 22.
The attack on the office of commission is coming nine days to the July 30 rerun election in the state.
The arson attack was confirmed by an eyewitness, Kennedy Friday, who posted it on Facebook.
“I have just received news this morning that the INEC office in Bori is on fire. The whole building is set ablaze,” he posted.
The incident has also been confirmed by the spokesperson of the Rivers state police command, Omoni Nnamdi.
He said: “I have received the report but don’t have details yet. I will provide details when I get to the office.”
It will be recalled that INEC cancelled the election in the area on March 11 due to violence.
Meanwhile, the Rivers state chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) on Thursday, July 21, cautioned Governor Nyesom Wike against threatening electoral officials ahead of the rerun elections in the state.
This comes after Governor Wike had accused Professor Mahmood Yakubu, the national chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) of taking actions that are inimical to credible rerun elections in Rivers state by his alleged secret meeting with the Rivers state APC chairman, Davies Ikanya and Senator Magnus Abe on July 19.
Governor Wike further accused the Professor Yakubu of concluding plans to postpone the July 30 rerun elections in deference to the fear of defeat expressed by the leadership of Rivers state APC.