The Ohafia Local Government Council has condemned totally the attack at the facility of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Amaekpu Ohafia, Abia state by yet to be identified gunmen.
In a statement signed by the special assistant to the chairman of the local government council, Idika Michael, the council had earlier received an intelligence report, which necessitated the chairman of the council, Okoroafor Ukiwe, to mobilize the youths, hunters and vigilante group to guide public facilities.
The statement further pointed that the attack is condemnable, especially coming at a time when the commission just concluded inventory taking of electoral materials nationwide, in readiness for the 2023 general election.
However, the statement, revealed the LGA chairman’s appeal to the general public to remain calm and vigilant in their activities and to report any suspicious movement to the nearest security outfit.
He also assured residents that the governor, Okezie Victor Ikpeazu will do everything possible to bring the hoodlums to book.
Recall that the office of the Independent National Electoral Commission in Ohafia Local Government Area of Abia State was set ablaze in the early hours of Monday, 10th May, following a similar attack at the commission’s office in Akwa Ibom state.
The Resident Electoral Commissioner for Abia state, Joseph Iloh, however, confirmed the attack when the Commission met today to discuss a wide range of issues.
Also recall that the National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, Festus Okoye Esq, in a statement, revealed that the attack is not the first the commission has suffered in the state in recent times.
The statement partly read, “There are no casualties on the part of our staff on guard duty but the building was virtually destroyed. Apart from furniture items, all electoral materials and office equipment were destroyed.