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50 INEC offices attacked in four years –Data

The Independent National Electoral Commission has so far recorded 50 attacks on its facilities across 15 states in the last four years.

According to data made available to our correspondent, Imo had the highest number of attacks on INEC facilities with 11 incidents, followed by Osun, seven; Akwa-Ibom, five; Enugu, five; Ebonyi, four; Cross River, four; Abia, four; Anambra, two; Taraba, two; Borno, one; Ogun, one; Lagos, one; Bayelsa, one; Ondo one; and Kaduna one.

The breakdown showed that in 2019, INEC recorded eight attacks; 22 in 2020, 12 in 2021, and eight in 2022.

The incidents occurred in Osun, Ogun, Lagos, Ondo, Bayelsa, Anambra, Imo, Abia, Akwa-Ibom, Cross River, Enugu, Ebonyi, Kaduna, Borno, and Taraba states.

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In 2019, its facilities were attacked in Osun, Bayelsa, Imo, and Akwa-Ibom. In 2020, its offices in Osun, Ondo, Lagos, Imo, Abia, Cross River, Anambra, Borno, and Taraba came under attack.

In 2021, its infrastructure in Kaduna, Ebonyi, Enugu, Anambra, Imo, Abia, and Akwa-Ibom states was not spared. In 2022, its offices in Ogun, Osun, Ebonyi, Imo, and Enugu states were attacked.

 Twenty of the attacks were described as arson, 26 were described as vandalism while four were said to be arson and vandalism.

The data further revealed that 20 of the attacks were perpetrated by unknown gunmen and hoodlums,18 were triggered by the #EndSARS protest, six of the attacks were carried out by thugs during elections, four resulted from post-election violence, one was carried out by bandits while another was carried by Boko Haram.

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