2023: INEC convenes emergency meeting over assaults on workplaces

The Self sufficient Nationwide Electoral Cost (INEC) has summoned an emergency security meeting over most uncommon assaults on its providers.

Nationwide Commissioner and Chairman Information and Voter Schooling Committee (IVEC), Festus Okoye, acknowledged this on Thursday in Abuja.

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Per him, the meeting was led to by the assaults on the fee’s native govt workplaces in Ogun and Osun states on Thursday.

The meeting, that might properly possibly be attended by heads of security businesses, who’re members of Inter-Firm Consultative Committee on Election Safety (ICCES) alongside facet the Nationwide Safety Adviser (NSA), will give attention to the disturbing vogue and long-established out methods of curbing the advance ahead of the 2023 elections.

Okoye acknowledged the hoodlums utilized the assaults in Abeokuta and Ede South local govt areas throughout the 2 southwest states on Thursday morning.

He acknowledged, “This morning, the fee acquired two disturbing experiences of assaults on our native govt workplaces in Ogun and Osun states. The Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) for Ogun Disclose, Dr. Niyi Ijalaiye, reported that our notify of enterprise in Abeokuta South Native Authorities Area was attacked and save of abode ablaze.

“The incident occurred round 1.15am when some unidentified members overpowered the security personnel on obligation and save of abode your full setting up ablaze.

“The numerous setting up and your full fee’s movable sources throughout the notify of enterprise had been destroyed. They encompass 904 ballotboxes, 29 balloting cubicles, 30 megaphones, 57 election baggage, 8 electrical vitality mills and 65,699 uncollected Everlasting Voters Playing cards (PVCs).

“Equally, the Resident Electoral Commissioner for Osun Disclose, Dr. Mutiu Agboke, reported that our notify of enterprise in Ede South Native Authorities Area was attacked and save of abode ablaze.

“The incident occurred throughout the early hours of this morning when some unidentified members attacked the setting up and save of abode a portion of it ablaze. Happily, the peril to our Ede South Native Authorities was tiny to a allotment of the setting up and most attention-grabbing some furnishings objects had been destroyed.”

Okoye acknowledged the honour of the Nigeria Police Strain and different security and security businesses had been drawn to the incidents and investigation had commenced.

He acknowledged, “With dependable 106 days to the 2023 widespread elections when the fee has commenced the scamper of provides to our workplaces nationwide, these simultaneous assaults are very worrisome actually.”

He additionally acknowledged that the rising incidents of assaults on supporters of quite a few political events given that commencement of marketing campaign barely two months in the past and the utilization of hate and incendiary language by some politicians are terribly disturbing.

“Accordingly, the fee has convened an emergency meeting of the ICCES tomorrow Friday 11, November 2023 to debate the disturbing vogue,” Okoye acknowledged.