NEWSMAN, Abuja – Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), on Monday 24th May 2021, met in emergency session as attacks on its facilities in some States of the Federation continue unabated.
In the latest incidents, three offices of the commission came under attack in Anambra, Imo and Enugu States.
The Resident Electoral Commissioners (REC) for Anambra State, Dr. Nkwachukwu Orji; his Imo State counterpart, Professor Francis Ezeonu, and that of Enugu State, Emeka Ononamadu, have reported that the attacks took place at various times on the night of Sunday, 23rd May 2021.
National Commissioner & Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, Festus, in a statement said the Anambra State Headquarters office in Awka was set ablaze in the most devastating onslaught on the Commission’s facilities so far.
He added that the attackers were systematic and selective in their targets. The Pavilion which serves as Collation Centre during major elections was burnt down.
“In what is a major blow to our preparations for the Governorship election scheduled for 6th November 2021, two stores housing electoral materials were burnt down.
“New and old (but serviceable) electric generating machines numbering 376 for all the Electoral Wards and the extra numbers for backup were completely burnt. The electric generators were recently relocated from the Local Government Areas (LGAs) to the State HQ in the belief that it is more secure than the LGA offices, Okoye said.
“Similarly, as part of the Commission’s proactive measures to ensure the success of the Governorship election later this year, about 50% of the non-sensitive materials required for the November 6, 20201 Governorship election already delivered to the State have also been lost in the fire. In addition, seven utility vehicles (Toyota Hilux) were burnt.
“It will be recalled that following the fire incident on the eve of the 2019 General Election in which the Smart Card Readers for the State were destroyed, the Commission moved the replacement Smart Card Readers from the shipping containers to the concrete store for enhanced protection. Fortunately, the Smart Card Readers were not affected”, he disclosed.
Okoye further said “our office in Ahiazu Mbaise Local Government Area was attacked at about 6.45pm in an obvious attempt to set the building ablaze. Fortunately, the damage was limited to a section of the building, specifically the windows and part of the roof. No electoral materials or office equipment were destroyed.”
“At about 1.00pm yesterday, our Igboeze South LGA office was attacked. The store was completely burnt down before the Neighborhood Watch and the Enugu State Fire Service responded and prevented the inferno from razing other parts of the building.
“This is the third attack on INEC facilities in the State in less than two weeks following the destruction of our Udenu LGA office on 13th May 2021 and the State Headquarters building in Enugu on 16th May 2021.
“All three incidents in Anambra, Imo and Enugu have been reported to the Police for investigation.
“Although no lives were lost, these are clearly orchestrated and targeted attacks aimed at incapacitating the Commission in conducting electoral activities, especially in Anambra State”, he noted.
He added that the attacks on the Commission’s facilities have now become a national emergency. Accordingly, the Commission will brief the Government and stakeholders on these incidents.
In spite of these setbacks, the Commission is determined to continue to discharge its responsibilities including the conduct of the scheduled Anambra Governorship election, Okoye stated.
NEWSMAN, Enugu – Independent
National Electoral Commission (INEC) has described the attacks on its facilities as “unfortunately persistent.”
According to the commission,
“The spate of fire incidents involving the facilities of the Independent
National Electoral Commission (INEC) in some States of the Federation has
INEC reacted to the
attack on its Enugu office, where the Resident Electoral Commissioner for the
State, Emeka Ononamadu, reported that the INEC office in Udenu Local Government
Area was set ablaze.
The commission’s National
Commissioner & Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, Festus
Okoye in a statement said “The latest tragic incident occurred around 8.40pm on
Thursday 13th May 2021. No casualties were reported. However, the office
building was extensively damaged while electoral materials and office equipment
were destroyed in spite of the best efforts of the Enugu State Fire Service to
contain the inferno. The Commission appreciates the intervention of the Fire
According to the statement, “The attention of the Police has been drawn
to this yet another very worrisome development for investigation.
“This is the third
incident involving INEC’s Local Government offices in three States in less than
two weeks. First, there was the destruction of the office in Essien Udim LGA of
Akwa Ibom State on 2nd May 2021. This was followed by the fire at the Ohafia
LGA office in Abia State on 9th May 2021.
“This is yet
another setback to the Commission’s ongoing activities and preparations for upcoming electoral
“Following the attack in Abia State, the Commission resolved to convene an emergency meeting of the Inter-Agency Consultative Committee on Election Security (ICCES) next week to discuss this disturbing trend. The latest destruction of the Commission’s physical infrastructure and electoral facilities in Enugu State calls for an immediate review of the measures necessary to secure INEC’s assets across the States.
Commission is convening an emergency meeting with all the Resident Electoral
Commissioners (RECs) on Wednesday 19th May 2021 in Abuja ahead of the meeting
Commission said it is determined to continue to discharge its responsibilies,
including the conclusion of the expansion of voters’ access to Polling Units,
resumption of the Continuous Voter Registration (CVR), capacity-building
activities, the review of the draft Strategic Plan 2022-2026, engagement with
stakeholders as well as all scheduled and pending elections.
NEWSMAN, Enugu – Enugu State Police Command, has arrested one Nnenna Egwuagu, 29,for allegedly administering a harmful substance on her 3-year-old stepson, Wisdom Egwuagu.
According to the Command’s Public Relations Officer, ASP Daniel Ndukwe, the incident happened on April 9 at about 10.00 p.m.
Ndukwe said that the suspect’s husband and father of the deceased child, Justine Egwuagu, reported the incident to the Police.
He explained that the suspect said she committed the act due to her husband’s inability to take care of her and their daughter.
“Preliminary investigation shows that the suspect confessed to having administered the substance, suspected to be sniper insecticide, on the child.
“She claimed that her action was due to her husband’s inability to take care of her and their daughter and that she wanted the child to become sick so that her husband could spend money to treat him.
“The child was confirmed dead in the hospital and his corpse deposited in the mortuary for autopsy,’’ he said.
He added that the container of the substance and syringe she used in administering the substance on the child, had been recovered and further investigation was ongoing at the State Criminal Investigation Departmen in Enugu.
NEWSMAN, Enugu – Price of cassava flakes popularly called garri and regularly consumed by Nigerians have continued to increase in Enugu State.
News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) correspondent, who conducted a market survey in Enugu on Friday, reported that the price of the staple food has increased by 20 per cent between January and March, 2021.
NAN reports that a 4.5 liter bucket of the food item now sells for
between N1,100 and N1,400 as against between N900 and N1,000 sold in
January, depending on the type.
A visit to some markets in the state capital showed that a 4.5 liter
paint bucket of white garri sold for N900 in January now went for
between N1,100 and N1200.
At the Ogbete, Garki and New Markets, a paint bucket of white garri
is sold for N1,100 while the yellow garri of the same bucket goes for
But at the Artisan and New Haven markets, the white garri paint bucket goes for N1,200 while the yellow one is sold at N1,400.
A garri trader, Boniface Ugwu at New Market who said garri price had remained high for some weeks now, blaming it on cassava off-season and also to the COVID-19 pandemic, also added that he was not able to buy enough quantity of the commodity to sell due to its price increase.
Azuka Madu, another garri seller at Garki Market said a bag of white garri was sold for N24,500 as against 17,000 while the yellow garri was sold for N27,000 as against N22,500 sold in January.
Mrs Madu further said that a 4.5 litre bucket of the white garri which sold for N900 now goes for N1,100.
Also, a cassava farmer, Joseph Okeagu, who blamed the dry season for the scarcity and increased price of the product, added that the dry season had made it difficult for farmers to harvest the crop because of the hardness of the ground.
“The soil is too hard to dig and even if you succeed, the quantity harvested is small, so we have no choice than to increase the price to cover our expenses.There’s nothing we can do now than to wait for the rains,” he said.
However, some consumers said they had no choice than to buy it at that cost because other alternatives like fufu were all products of cassava.
Ngozi Agu, a civil servant, said that other ‘swallows’ like pounded
yam, oatmeal, farina and Semovita were expensive and difficult to
According to her, ”it is easy to prepare garri as it takes little time and effort but to make pounded yam and Semovita consumes more time”
NEWSMAN, Enugu – Residents of Eke community, in Udi Local
Government Area of Enugu State, have taken to the streets in their numbers,
protesting the commissioning of a road project yet to be completed in the area.
According to the protesters, the road which is an ecological fund project under the office of the Secretary to the Federal Government, is yet to commence, but a Federal Government delegation is said to be in the area to commission the project.
The over N400m project- Enugu-Eke-Ogui Uno-Eke Eke-Obodo Amankwo-Oma Eke road, is yet to be constructed, ThisDay Reported.
of the community displayed placards with inscriptions such as “Corruption
Unlimited; ICPC where are you; EFCC where are you; Fraud Unlimited; Public
Procurement Act Crucified,” among others.
described the development as a monumental fraud which would be resisted.
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