The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) office in Akwa Ibom has been set ablaze by unknown hoodlums.
According to the statement released on Twitter, the office at Essien Udim Local Government Area, Akwa Ibom was found burning in the early hours of Sunday, May 2.
The development was revealed in a statement released by the National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, Festus Okoye Esq.
The statement said the security guard at the INEC office escaped unhurt, stressing that the building and properties suffered extensive destruction.
INEC, however, revealed that an investigation by the police into the incident has commenced.
The statement read, “The Resident Electoral Commissioner for Akwa Ibom State, Barr. Mike Igini, has reported that our office in Essien Udim Local Government Area has been set ablaze.
“The incident occurred in the early hours of this morning, Sunday 2nd May 2021. Our security guard on duty escaped unhurt but the destruction to the building and properties therein was extensive. Items destroyed include 345 ballot boxes, 135 voting cubicles, megaphones, water tanks and office furniture.
“The police, which has also been battling with attacks on its facilities and personnel in the area, is aware of the incident and has commenced investigation.