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Imo Guber: Angry Youths Burn Down  INEC Office

From  Ignatius  Okpara, Owerri

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – There was tension on Sunday at Umuneke , in Ngor Okpala council area of Imo state, south East Nigeria, as angry youths set on fire office of the Independent National Electoral Commission  INEC in the area.

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

According to him,  command had begun investigation into the matter, adding that the culprits of the dastardly act would be punished accordingly .

Reacting to the development, Head of Department of Voter Education in INEC, Mr Sunday Adedoyin told newsmen  that the commission had reported the matter to its headquarters in Abuja.

Sources close to the commission who craved anonymity said the incident occurred  when security personnel arrived to take away election results of the just concluded Gubernatorial election  and State Assembly elections from the council area to Owerri collation centre without first announcing the results there.

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

It was gathered that the election results were, however, unaffected by the fire as confirmed by an INEC official who pleaded anonymity.


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