Burnt INEC office in Dekina, Kogi State
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) office in Dekina, Kogi state has been burnt down barely 24 hours to the supplementary elections scheduled to hold in some polling units within the state.
According to eyewitnesses, some thugs invaded the office in the early hours of today and torched the building, The Nation reports.
“The thugs came in a bus, shot sporadically and razed down the office,” one of the eyewitnesses said.
While security operatives within the state are yet to ascertain the cause and persons responsible for the fire, some have opined that the fire was aimed at frustrating the efforts of INEC towards conducting the supplementary elections in the remaining 91 polling units. Others however, maintain that the fire was as a result of indiscriminate bush burning by some youths.
It remains unclear if the materials needed for the impending elections were inside the burnt building or not.
Kogi State Governor,Capt. IdrisIchala Wada has in the meantime, urged residents to remain calm and not take the laws into their hands, adding that law enforcement agents will not hesitate to deal with trouble perpetrators, as a Federal High Court in Abuja prepares to deliver judgment later today on the political stalemate in the state, reports Vanguard.
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