In Enugu South Local Government Area, gunmen have attacked the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) office.

During the assault, a police officer was killed, and a portion of the property was set on fire.

The Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) for Enugu State, Dr. Chukwuemeka J. Chukwu, reported the occurrence to the commission’s headquarters, according to Festus Okoye, the National Commissioner and Chairman of the commission’s Information and Voter Education Committee.

“The incident occurred around 9.12pm yesterday, Sunday, 15th January 2023. The security gatehouse was razed. Of the two policemen deployed to protect the facility, one 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.

He continued by saying that thanks to the quick action of the 82 Division’s soldiers and police, the attackers were thankfully unable to enter the main structure.

 

He added that the REC and the Commissioner of Police arrived at the scene right away after learning about the attack.

 

The commission is moving forward with its preparations for the 2023 general elections in Enugu State and the entire country, according to Okoye, who also stated that the demolished gatehouse will be rebuilt.

 

In the lead-up to the elections in 2023, INEC has come under numerous attacks.

Attacks in the area have been attributed to the outlawed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), however, the group has refuted this accusation.

 

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