Angry youths set INEC office on fire in Imo

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Angry youths on Sunday set ablaze the office of the Independent National Electoral Commission in Umuneke Ngor, Ngor Okpala local government area of Imo state, South-East Nigeria.

The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) in the state, Orlando Ikeokwu confirmed the incident to newsmen in Owerri, the state capital.

Ikeokwu said that the Police command in the state had commenced investigation into the matter adding that perpetrators of the dastardly act would be punished accordingly.

In his remarks, the Head of Department of Voter Education in the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Mr Sunday Adedoyin told journalists that the commission had reported the matter to its headquarters in Abuja.

Meanwhile, eyewitnesses said the incident happened when security personnel arrived to take away election results of the just concluded Governorship and State Assembly elections from the local government area to Owerri collation centre without first announcing the results there.

According to them, the crowd grew angry when the security personnel refused to provide any form of identification before taking the results.

According to source, the election results were, however, unaffected by the fire as confirmed by an INEC official who pleaded anonymity.

A resident of the area, Mr Chidi Amadi, said the people saw the move to return the results to Owerri before announcing them as a possible way of influencing the results.

According to him, the people acted to protest what they perceived to be a fraud.

Amaka E. Nliam