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Angry Youths Set INEC Office Ablaze In Imo State

Angry Youths Set INEC Office Ablaze In Imo State

Angry Youths Set INEC Office Ablaze In Imo State

Some 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.

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

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 INEC, Mr Sunday Adedoyin told journalists that the commission had reported the matter to its headquarters in Abuja.

 

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An 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.

NAN reported that 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.

He said, the people acted to protest what they perceived to be a fraud.

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