INEC Office On Flames In Rivers State
Reports have emerged that the office of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Bori, headquarters of Khana local Government Area and the ancestral headquarters of the Ogoni people has been set ablaze by unknown persons.
This is coming barely a week to the commencement of the July 30 rerun election in Rivers State.
Bori is in Ogoniland – an area which is key to the rerun election for Rivers East senatorial district scheduled for next Saturday.
Although information on the incident remains scanty, it was gathered that the fire started in the early hours of Friday morning.
An eyewitness said “the office has been substantially damaged by the fire.”
Kennedy Friday, an Ogoni activist also confirmed the fire on his Facebook post.
“I have just received news this morning that the INEC office in Bori is on fire. The whole building is ablaze.”
Confirming the incident, Omoni Nnamdi, spokesperson of the Rivers State Police Command said,
“I have received the report but don’t have details yet. I will provide details when I get to the office.
It will be recalled that INEC cancelled the election in the area on March 11 due to violence.