A suspected arson attack on the office of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Ibesikpo Asuntan local government area of Akwa Ibom state has resulted in the destruction of some electoral materials.
It was garnered that the arson happened yesterday which may cast doubt over the scheduled governorship and state assembly elections in the state.
It was also reported that security officials were unable to evacuate the electoral materials when the fire started.
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A guard at the scene of the event said, “We heard an explosion inside the building when we rushed to check what it was, we saw flames of fire coming from one of the rooms.
“We raised alarm for help, and then we started fighting the fire, using water and sand. But it was too much for us.”
The fire started around 2 am on Friday, March 8.
Some election materials including several card readers meant for use in the Saturday, March 9 elections were reportedly destroyed by the fire.
However, there has yet to be an official confirmation from the INEC on whether the elections will still hold.
Reports have it that the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Mike Igini, is said to have visited the scene to ascertain the extent of the damage.