Hoodlums have attacked the headquarters of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Enugu State, setting ablaze seven vehicles in the process.
The incident occurred on Sunday, barely 48 hours after an INEC office in Udenu Local Government of Enugu State was razed by fire.
It was learnt that hoodlums, numbering about seven, stormed the premises of the commission in a mini-bus located near Enugu State Broadcasting Service at Independence Layout just before 10pm and set fire to six Hilux vehicles
Five of the vehicles were completely burnt while the sixth was partially destroyed.
The hoodlums reportedly tried to gain access to the main building in the premises but were rebuffed by armed security personnel, who fought back and defended the structures. Some furniture in one of the offices were said to have caught fire before firefighters arrived.
The state INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner, Emeka Ononamadu, confirmed the incident.
“Firefighters were alerted shortly after the inferno was noticed and they rushed to the scene to prevent the fire from spreading to the main office complex.” Ononamadu told the Punch.
Mohammed Aliyu, the Enugu Commissioner of Police, has ordered a manhunt of the perpetrators and emplacement of adequate security around the area.
This was disclosed in a statement issued by Daniel Ndukwe, the Command’s spokesman, on Monday.
“Yet to be identified armed miscreants, on Sunday, 16/05/2021 at about 2030hrs, attempted to set the Enugu Headquarters of the Independence National Electoral Commission (INEC) ablaze but were stiffly resisted by joint security operatives who swiftly mobilized to the scene.
“The State Fire Service personnel, who promptly responded to calls put across to them, helped in quenching the fire already set on four vehicles and two cushions within the office premises.
“Meanwhile, the Commissioner of Police, Mohammed Aliyu, who immediately raced to the scene alongside Heads of other Security Agencies in the State, has ordered the emplacement of adequate security within the precincts of the office and the launch of a full-scale investigation to unravel the mystery behind the act as well as fish out the assailants,” the statement read.