INEC office razed in Ughelli

9 years ago by: Aliuniyi lawal
-- (m) at 5-01-2011 12:18PM

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The Independent Electoral Commission’s (INEC) building in Ughelli North Local Government Area of Delta State was early yesterday razed by unidentified persons. The commission’s building, which is locatd at No 1 Michael Okotie Street was completely burnt down as there was no visible effort by either residents around or fire fighters to stop the arson.

This incident may be unconnected with the outright rejection of the January 6, 2011 rerun gubernatorial election by some pressure groups and political parties that had generated tension in the state over INEC insistence to use the old voters’ register.

Austin Omogu who came to witness the scene frown at the development, saying that the lives of the people were no longer secured. He lamented that the intention of the arsonists were to truncate the election in the area.
Mr. Peter Ogba, who also visited the burnt INEC building, expressed disappointment that some political agents were at work in a bid to frustrate INEC for conducting the forthcoming election.

“I feel so bad that I cannot vote for the candidate of my choice if INEC refuses to conduct the election in the locality due to the development, urging the security agencies to fish out the perpetuators of the crime.”
At the time of filing in this report, no INEC staff and security men attached to the office were seen but a source said, the INEC security man on duty must have fled the area when he sighted the arsonists.
The Ughelli Division “A” Divisional Police Officer, Mr. Chris Sogbara when contacted at his office by journalists, referred them to visit the Police Public Relations Department headquarters in Asaba.