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Reps condemn burning of INEC Offices

The House of Representatives has condemned the frequent systemic arson and attacks on the personnel, offices and facilities of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

The condemnation was a sequel to a motion by a member from Ondo state, Mr Olarewaju Kunle, at plenary.

The lawmaker stated that between February 2019 and May 2021 the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) reported at least 41 arsons carried out on the Independent National Electoral Commission facilities in fourteen States of Nigeria.

Mr Kunle added that on 10th November 2022, the Independent National Electoral Commission office in Abeokuta South Local Government Area of Ogun State, was set ablaze by hoodlums with not less than 65000 uncollected PVCs razed down by the fire” The motion said.

He expressed concern that if these systematically orchestrated attacks on personnel and facilities of the commission are not checked, the actions are capable of disrupting the 2023 general election.

Adopting the motion, the house urged politicians to admonish their supporters to refrain from attacks and violence before or during the 2023 elections.

The house also urged Security Agencies to synergize with the Attorney General of the Federation and the Minster of Justice to identify, investigate, arrest and prosecute the perpetrators behind the attacks.

It thereafter set up an Ad-hoc Committee to investigate the remote and immediate cause of the incessant inferno on INEC Offices in different parts of the Country and report back within three weeks for further legislative action.

Reporting Ibrahim Shehu; Editing by Abdullahi Lamino