Persistent Arson Threatens Future Elections, INEC Warns


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National Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu

•Two more offices set ablaze in Ebonyi
•Meets with security agencies May 24

By Chuks Okocha in Abuja and Benjamin Nworie in Abakaliki

Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, yesterday expressed concern about the spate of arson attack on its facilities, especially in the South-east, warning that it might compromise the commission’s ability to conduct hitch-free elections in future.

The commission has also shifted a planned meeting with security agencies to brainstorm on protecting its assets, earlier scheduled for yesterday to Monday.

The number of INEC’s facilities torched in recent months rose to 23 yesterday as hoodlums set ablaze two of the commission’s offices in Ebonyi State.

Yakubu, at a meeting yesterday in Abuja with the Resident Electoral Commissioners (REC) from the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), said event in the…

Source: Thisday Newspaper