By Hadiza Abdulraham
Security personnel, including the Army and Department of State Services, have been deployed to the Independent National Electoral Commission offices (INEC) in Imo State, given the frequency of attacks on its offices in the state.
INEC, Resident Electoral Commissioner in the state, Professor Sylvia Agu stated this during a live television programme.
The development is coming barely 24 hours after hoodlums attacked and vandalised the INEC office in the Isu Local Government Area (LGA), marking the fourth of such incidents in Imo in less than three weeks.
Other attacks were recorded in the Orlu and Oru West LGAs as well as the state headquarters in Owerri.
“Security men have been deployed, stationed in those areas. At the headquarters, we have the army, the Civil Defence, and the DSS. In the various local governments, we are using vigilante groups; we are using Ebubeagu group too and we have 100 percent assurance from the security men – not just giving us the assurance, they are already on the ground,”
The REC stated that permanent voter cards (PVCs) and other sensitive materials were not affected, adding that the distribution of PVCs was on schedule.
According to her, distribution does not occur at the offices that have come under attack.