Enugu INEC office razed as Police, Okada clash claims one in Lagos
Hoodlums on Sunday night set ablaze the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) office in Ibagwa, Igboeze South Local Government Area of Enugu State.
The attacks on INEC facilities in the state were the third in a month and followed an earlier one on the Orba, Udenu Local Government office where extensive damage was recorded.
The second was Sunday last week at the state headquarters of the commission in Independence layout, where over six Hilux vans were completely razed with several others vandalised.
During the incident at Igboeze south local government, sources said the hoodlums, whose number was not known, scaled the offices’ walls at around 11.20 p.m and ignited the place.
The Chief Security Officer for Igboeze South Local Government Area, Romanus Ezekwueme told reporters that the building was already in flames before he arrived at the scene.
Also, the Local government chairman, Andy Omeje, who confirmed the fire incident, said he was grateful to God that prompt intervention of firefighters prevented the fire from spreading to other offices in the building. He, however, expressed concern on why INEC officials had continued to deny security men access to their compound at night by locking up the gate.
The INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner, Dr. Emeka Ononamadu, could not be reached for reactions on the development.
IN Lagos, one person was feared dead as a result of a fracas that broke out between the Policemen and commercial motorcycle operators in the Oke-Odo area of Lagos State.
The unrest, which started in the morning, created pandemonium in the areas as traders at the popular Ile-Epo market scampered for their lives.
The Guardian learnt that a commercial motorcyclist of northern extraction, who rode against traffic, was flagged down by police officers from Ile-Epo Police Station, but failed to stop. It was learnt that as a result of this, one of the officers pulled his trigger and shot the motorcyclist, who was later confirmed dead.
Sources claimed that his colleagues mobilised and went on a rampage. In the process they launched an attack on the police station, though the police repelled the attack, many vehicles were destroyed.
It was also learnt that a police station was set ablaze, but when The Guardian visited, it was discovered that the heavy smoke billowing in the area came from the dumpsite.
However, many shops, offices, schools and other businesses within the vicinity closed early, to avoid being caught in the melee.
About four vehicles parked at the entrance of the police station were vandalised by the protesters.
Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, Muyiwa Adejobi, in a statement, said a cross-section of policemen had restored normalcy in the area.
He said the Commissioner of Police, CP Hakeem Odumosu, has ordered a thorough investigation into the incident.
“The command wishes to debunk the rumor that Ile Epo Police Station was set ablaze by the hoodlums. This news is false and should be disregarded. The command intends to give details of the incident as soon as possible,” he said.
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