Security agencies have foiled an attack on the head office of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Imo State.
Police foiled the attack by neutralising four armed men suspected to be members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) terrorizing the state.
Before the intervention of the Police, the armed men had touched and destroyed some parts of the INEC office in Owerri, the State capital.
The attack comes on a day the commission is expected to commence the nationwide distribution of Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) ahead of the 2023 general elections.
Spokesperson for the Imo State Police Command, Mike Abattam, said, “the gunmen numbering over 10 came around 3 am with petrol bombs and dynamites. The hoodlums were confronted by security operatives who repelled the attack and neutralised three of the attackers. One of the attackers was arrested by the Police, and three vehicles used by hoodlums were recovered.”
INEC offices nationwide have become targets of attacks in recent times – seven INEC offices have been attacked in the last 10 weeks in Nigeria.
Before Monday’s attack, two other incidents were recorded in Imo – in the Oru West Local Government Area and Orlu Local Government Area.