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Gunmen Attack INEC Office In Enugu, Kill One Policeman


Gunmen on Sunday night attacked the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) office in Enugu South Local Government Area.

Naija News learnt that the criminals also killed a police officer in the attack.

The development was confirmed in a statement released by INEC National Commissioner, Festus Okoye on Monday.

According to Okoye, the incident is under investigation by security agencies.

He further stated that the Inter-Agency Consultative Committee on Election Security (ICCES) in Enugu State co-chaired by the REC and the Commissioner of Police has been convened to discuss the latest incident and map out strategies to better protect INEC offices, personnel, and materials.

Okoye wrote, “The Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) for Enugu State, Dr Chukwuemeka J. Chukwu, has reported that our office in Enugu South Local Government Area was attacked by unknown gunmen. The incident occurred around 9.12 pm yesterday, Sunday 15th January 2023.

“The security gatehouse was razed. Fortunately, the attackers could not gain access to the main building as a result of the rapid response from the Police and Army personnel from the 82 Division. The State Commissioner of Police and the REC were personally at the scene immediately after they received information about the attack. Of the two Policemen deployed to protect the facility, one of them lost his life while the other sustained injuries and is receiving treatment.

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“Meanwhile, the destroyed gatehouse will be rebuilt, and the Commission is proceeding with its preparations for the 2023 General Election in Enugu State and the entire country as scheduled.”