Edo Communities, CSOs block Benin-Lagos Road Over Herdsmen Attacks

Fifteen communities and several Civil Society Organizations led by the former Attorney General of Edo State, Osagie Obayuwana on Wednesday barricaded the Lagos-Benin express road for several hours protesting the activities of herdsmen which they said have resulted in killings, destructions of farm produce and forceful evictions from their ancestral homes.

Some of the communities included Odiguetue, Afintebe, Igolo, Okokuo, Abumwenre I and II, Obarenren, Uhiere, Uyimo I and II.

Speaking on behalf of the protesters, Obayuwana, said, they were worried about the looming crisis brewing in the various communities in the state, orchastrated by armed herdsmen noting that urgent steps need to be put in place to checkmating them before snowballing into full blown crises in the state.

He said “We want the whole world to know the experience of our people have been for quite some time now.

“We are zeroing it on Ovia North East communities. About 15 communities have been under siege for some years. Farmers have been prevented from going to their farms, another planting season is going away, they have been sentenced to hunger, farmers and their families and this has an implication for the larger society.

“It is one of the reasons the price of food is rising beyond the reach of even those in the middle class.

“So far, we have not seen a serious efforts to address this issue. Our people have gone to various offices both the legislative arms and the legislative arms even traditional quarters and nothing seems to be coming out.

“We are concerned that what had been happening in Benue and Plateau States will be coming to the shore of Edo State now where armed herdsmen drive people from communities, change the names of the communities and start to occupy the houses, we don’t want that”, he said.

For the former Public Relations Officer of Edo State Civil Society Organizations (EDOCSO), Osazee Edigin, the level of insecurity in Edo communities have gone from bad to worse and thus decided to join their voice with them to call on the governments to come to their rescue.

The Edo State Commissioner of Police CP Abutu Yaro, represented by the Assistant Commissioner of Police in charge of Operations, ACP, James Chu, while appealing to the protesters to be calmed, said the command share in their pains stressing that machineries have been put in place to curtail the excesses of armed herdsmen in the various communities in the state.

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Prince Ezeh of Mburubu pours emotion- laden tributes to Father


On Wednesday 20 April, the evening before the funeral of His Royal Majesty Igwe Emmanuel Mmuonyelu Ogbuzulu Eze JP, Igwe Ozulumba 1 of Mburubu Kingdom, his son, a frontline national political leader, Prince Lawrence Ezeh has poured in emotional tributes to his father.

The Prince who spoke before his friends and well-wishers who had gathered for King’s service of songs, in his country home Mburubu, said with emotional ladened voice he will miss his father’s presence each day in his life

“Our most feared moment — we knew it would happen, but when it did the blow was grave… We grew up watching him tirelessly devote his time, energy and money to help the needy across the country. He was true to his promise

“Rest in peace my king You were a Happy soul! I will miss you everyday. Dad, I will love you always,” he said with emotional.

“He left a tangible legacy that can still point the way toward peace in the Nkanuland

“The prince and the Royal Family are grateful for all the messages of condolence from around the world and have been touched to see and hear so many people sharing fond memories of my father, the King, in celebration of his life.

“You ruled for longer than many other Monarchs in Igbo history, you became a much loved and respected figure across Igboland. Your extraordinary reign has seen you undertaken many historic selfless sacrifice. You are known for you sense of duty and devotion to a life of service, and was an important figurehead during times of enormous challenges. He was a moral authority to his people.

“It was not his exalted status that commanded all this love, it was he himself — his actions, his selflessness, his heart,” Prince of Mburubu said.

“Rest in peace my king, I’ll miss you every day,” Prince of Mburubu poured tributes.

His father passed away on December 22nd 2021 and will be buried on Thursday 21, 2022.

Abuja High Court grants leave to Patrick Eholor to file suit compelling IGP and AGF to extradite  Abba Kyari

An Abuja High Court presided over by Justice Bolaji Belgore has granted a court order for leave by Chief Patrick Eholor to bring in an application for mandamus to prompt the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) to file criminal charges against DCP Abba Kyari in view of attached warrant of arrest from the United States. The leave was granted today, November 4.

Chief Patrick Eholor, president of One Love Foundation had instituted a suit against the embattled former commander of the IRT Police Squad, DCP Abba Kyari.

Chief Patrick Eholor filed suit no:FCT/HC/CV/561/2021, with DCP Abba Kyari, AGF and the Nigerian Police Force as parties.

Eholor through his lawyer Paul Odeh Esq in moving the application, urged the court to consider the entire annexures of indicting criminal complaint from the USA District Court and the failure of the 2nd and 3rd defendants, the  AGF and Nigeria Police Force to properly commence investigation and graft charges against DCP Abba Kyari, even after investigation into the graft charges brought upon him by the federal authorities of the United States.

The court then considered and listened to all arguments of Eholor’s counsel and then granted leave.

The legal consequence of the above court order is that contrary to fears in different quarters that Kyari is about to be returned to the Police and IGP IRT as a commander once again, by virtue of this order, it will be comtemptous of the AGF and IGP to readmit Kyari and call off his suspension.

Recall that Kyari was indicted by a US court sitting in California over alleged involvement in internet fraud of over a 1.1million dollars with Ramonu Abba popularly known as Hushpuppi where it was alleged that he (Hushpuppi) swindled a Qatari businessman trying to set up a school in Qatar.

The matter is still ongoing in the United States, and this case by Chief Eholor and the new court order on Kyari is another watershed.

BREAKING: ADC Campaign Manager for Anambra Election, Harris Chuma Resigns

Dr. Harris Chuma-Odili popularly known as Ogene Igbo, a foremost media public relations practitioner in Anambra State, and formerly, a chief publicity strategist for the Nze Akachukwu Nwankpo governorship campaign, has resigned from active and partisan politics.

The Ogbunike born filmmaker cum Journalist, who is presently the National President of Association of Digital Media Core Advocates (ADMCA), organizers of the world famous Anambra Media Excellence Awards, resigned from active politics yesterday, citing “personal reasons”.

According to the press statement made available to newsmen in Awka, Dr. Chuma said he had “resigned from partisan politics” and that he “wanted to do the right thing” as a professional journalist.

“I wish to formally announce that henceforth, I will be playing a non partisan role in my media works. This, should serve as an official statement on my resignation from partisan politics.” Chuma said

See the full statement below.

22nd September, 2021
The Governorship Candidate,
African Democratic Congress,
Awka, Anambra State.

Attention: Nze Akachukwu Sullivan Nwankpo KSJI

Dear Sir,

Resignation from Partisan Politics

This is to inform you of my intention to resign from active and partisan politics with effect from today, the 22nd day of September, 2021.

My decision in this regard is entirely personal to me and having served in various capacities, including as Media Director, and Director General Nwankpo Governorship Campaign Organization, I have resolved to immerse myself in some other vocations and take on some new challenges.

I must sincerely admit that right from our days in All Progressives Grand Alliance APGA, and our sojourn in African Democratic Congress ADC, it has been a mutually rewarding relationship which I cherished most and greatly too.

Without doubt, I will miss the company of my friends and associates and all those relationships I built in the course of promoting your gubernatorial ambition all over the state.
While I crave for your kind understanding, do accept assurances of my highest regards.

Yours faithfully,
Dr. Harris Chuma-Odili, FCMsp
Ogene Igbo

Cc: Chief Ralphs Okey Nwosu
National Chairman
African Democratic Congress(ADC)

Bandits ‘hungry’, demand food as ransom after governors shut markets in north-west

The decision of some governors in the north-west to close markets in the region is reportedly taking a toll on bandits. Three governors in the region ordered the closure of markets in their states to check the activities of bandits that have led to abductions and loss of property. Zamfara, Katsina and Sokoto are the […]

Bandits ‘hungry’, demand food as ransom after governors shut markets in north-west

BREAKING: Ahmed Gulak Shot Dead In Owerri By Unknown Gunmen

Late Gulak

Former presidential aide Ahmed Gulak has been killed in Owerri, Imo State.

He was reportedly ambushed and shot early hours of Sunday morning enroute the Sam Mbakwe airport after concluding a visit to the state.

Sources who preferred not to be named said he was scheduled to board the 8:30am flight to Abuja when the incident happened.

Gulak was a Special Adviser on Political Matters to President Goodluck Jonathan prior to his defection to the All Progressives Congress APC in 2014.

He was also the chairman of the Imo State APC governorship primary in which Hope Uzodinma emerged the party’s candidate.

AIT

Ikpeazu Faults Exclusion of S’East from Security Council, Vows to Enforce Anti-open Grazing Law

Gov Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State

Abia State Governor, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu has faulted the exclusion of persons from South-east geopolitical zone in the security architecture of Nigeria, describing such as a worrisome development.


He said that the policy of exclusion had denied the South-east region representation and voice in the highest decision making body on the issue of security despite the fact that the region was a direct victim of the activities of criminal herdsmen.

Governor Ikpeazu expressed this misgiving while addressing a delegation of high ranking clerics of the Methodist Church of Nigeria led by the Prelate, His Eminence Dr. Samuel Kalu Uche who came to Government House Umuahia.

He vowed that his administration was committed to strict enforcement of the anti-open grazing law, which had been in existence in Abia since 2018.

The governor explained that the anti-open grazing law was enacted in response to the excesses of the criminal herdsmen, who had been terrorising the people, maiming, killing and raping.

He assured that plans had been concluded “to flush out these criminal herdsmen from our forests”, adding that the present administration was fully committed to the security of lives and properties of Abia people and residents.

The Abia governor emphasised the need for Igbo youths to tread with caution in the prevailing security situation in the country, noting that with meaningful productive engagement, the young Igbo generation would survive the harsh condition they’ve found themselves.

Ikpeazu further stated that with resilience, dedication and the age-long Igbo apprenticeship mentorship system, Ndigbo would definitely prevail in the socio-economic landscape of Nigeria.

He noted that Abians were known globally for their ingenuity and entrepreneurial skills and had remained the SME capital of Nigeria, noting that no foreign direct investment would be attracted in the midst of insecurity.

The governor expressed confidence in the ability of the Methodist Church Nigeria to manage the physical, spiritual and mental upbringing of children. He assured that the Prelate’s request for the government to return some schools originally owned by the church would be considered.

Earlier, the Prelate said that he was an advocate of a Nigeria with true federalism devoid of marginalisation of any section or region.

He regretted the level of marginalisation of Ndigbo within the Nigerian political firmament and called for an additional state for the South-east in the ongoing constitution review to enable the region be at par with others in number of states.

The Prelate who also expressed support for the ban on open grazing by the Southern Governors, condemned in its totality the wanton destruction of lives and properties of Nigerians especially Christians in the North.

He noted that he had been following the governor’s transformation agenda with remarkable infrastructural facelift in Aba and other parts of the state.

The Prelate was accompanied by the Archbishops of Umuahia and Okigwe Archdiocese, Most Rev Chibuzo Opoko and Most Rev Emem John Koko Bassey, as well as the Bishops of Nneochi, Isuikwuato, Uturu and Ihube and their wives.

Anambra 2022: In the next Dispensation, Remember My People

Dr. Harris Chuma-Odili, FCMsp
Ogene Igbo

The Next Governor of Anambra State, Please, hear this…..

Me, Ogene Igbo do not want any political appointments, I don’t need it, just come to Ogbunike my hometown and help in developing the town. Use me as a vessel to attract developmental projects.

Come, help my people, help the community to take it’s rightful place in the comity of nations. We have worldclass tourist center, help build our roads and develop the town.

The Anambra Airport is 20mins drive from the ancient Cave. We need streetlights, hospitals, good roads, and schools. One of the universities campuses should be cited in Ogbunike.

May the next governor take note, or I will not allow him to have peace. Remember, good governance at grassroots level is the hallmark of democratic government. Develop my town, and have peace of mind. Forget about political appointment or other gratification, I don’t need it. Come and finish the good works Our amiable inlaw Gov. Obiano has started in the town. Don’t forget ndi Ogbunike and Ogbunike in your plans for ndi Anambra.

Ekenem

Dr. Harris Chuma-Odili, FCMsp
Ogene Igbo

BIAFRA DAY: There will be movement on May 30, Sit-at-Home will be May 31, says MASSOB

Comrade Uchenna Madu, Leader of MASSOB marches with other Biafran activists

The leadership of the Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB)has  reinstated that Biafra Day Anniversary for this year will be a unique and special because it falls on a Sunday.

‘Observing the Biafra day anniversary celebration on a Sunday makes it more Christianized because the people of Biafra are predominantly Christians’, MASSOB said in a statement.

The statement which was signed by Comrade Uchenna Madu, Leader of MASSOB, Biafra was declared on May 30th, 1967 by General Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu. According to him, May 30th is sacrosanct and sacred in the history of Biafra.

He further said in the statement “The ordinances of our greatest leader, Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu must be jealousy and eloquently adhered to.

“MASSOB directs all the churches in Biafra land to observe a special prayers and supplication for the fallen Biafra heroes during the Nigeria –Biafra war and our comrades that were killed by Nigeria security agents including the people of Biafra that died in the hands of Islamic Boko Haram and Fulani terrorist herdsmen. Our religious and church leaders should stop praying for the betterment of Islamic Republic of Nigeria.

“There will be movements and normal social activities on May 30th being Sunday because of Christian worship but there will be a sit at home exercise on May 31st being Monday for the people of Biafra as a mark of a solidarity and honor Biafra land. MASSOB directs all markets, schools, banks and all other public offices in Biafra land to observe the sit at home exercise as a mark of respect for our fatherland

“In the spirit of brotherhood and Biafranism,   MASSOB and other pro Biafra organizations have unanimously agreed and resolved to jointly observe, commemorate and celebrate together, the 54 years anniversary of Biafra declaration by our foremost leader, Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu on 30th May, 2021.                                    

“This year’s anniversary will be celebrated by the people of Biafra in a unique style,  it is a mark of respect and honour to our father land, it is also a reminder to the visions and commandments of our great ancestors that we are not Nigerians but Biafrans.

“We enjoin our people to get ready for the celebration of  this great anniversary which will hold to remind ourselves to continue the self determination movement for Biafra actualization and restoration.”

Nigeria: How Incessant Attacks Threaten 2023 Elections

By Abbas Jimoh, and, Haruna Ibrahim

The chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Mahmood Yakubu, on Wednesday, said the series of attacks on the commission’s facilities may undermine its capacity to organise elections and negatively impact the country’s electoral processes.

Yakubu made the remark during an emergency meeting with resident electoral commissioners at the commission’s headquarters in Abuja.

Yakubu’s worry emanates from a series of accidental and coordinated fire outbreaks on INEC’s facilities across the country, dating back to 2019, even before the general elections of that year.

Over time, a number of INEC offices around the country have been destroyed, with critical infrastructures affected, thereby stretching the commission’s capacity to manage elections.

The unceasing attacks and possibility of continuing means that the commission is put on the edge, especially if critical tools like the electoral register and card readers are affected.

Chronicle of infernos

On January 28, 2019, there was a fire incident at the INEC office in Oyigbo Local Government Area of Rivers State. However, in a statement after the incident, the head of the Department of Voter Education and Publicity for the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Edwin Enabor, said it was a minor incident. According to him, contrary to some reports that it was caused by hoodlums, it was a result of an electrical fault.

Enabor said, “The management of the INEC in Rivers State wishes to inform the general public about a minor fire incident that occurred at our office in Oyigbo Local Government Area.

An investigation has shown that it was caused by an electrical fault and not by hoodlums as insinuated in some quarters.

“We want to assure the public that everything is under control and that our offices across the state are well secured.”

The following month, February 3, 2019, hoodlums set the INEC office in Isiala- Ngwa South Local Government Area of Abia State ablaze. The hoodlums were said to have stormed the office around 2 am.

The attack was said to have woken the youths of the area from their sleep as they quickly mobilised and alerted the police, who assisted them in putting off the fire.

Although the fire did maximum damage to the structure and materials there, the quick intervention of the youths and the assistance of the police saved the situation from escalating.

The commission, however, continued to operate from the old office until few weeks before the incident when it decided to relocate from the local government headquarters.

That was the second time the INEC office in Isiala-Ngwa was burnt down.

In 2015, in the heat of the controversy surrounding the governorship election in Abia State, thugs reportedly set the commission’s office at Omopa on fire, prompting the relocation to Umu-Ikaa.

The following week, February 10, the Plateau State INEC office in Qua’anpan Local Government Area, where ballot boxes, generators filled with fuel, cubicles, newly printed electronic and manual voters register, unclaimed permanent voter cards, were destroyed.

Two days later, on February 12, the Anambra State INEC office in Awka, the state capital, was set ablaze. Card readers and other sensitive materials for the elections were burnt. Two containers containing 4,695 smart card readers were destroyed, along with other sensitive materials.

Also, on February 24, 2019, the Osun State INEC office in Ijebu-Ijesha, Oriade Local Government, was engulfed in fire, which burnt parts of the office. No life was, however, lost in the incident.

On March 8, 2019, the Akwa Ibom INEC office in Ibesikpo Asutan Local Government Area was gutted by fire. One hundred and ninety-eight smart card readers, printed voters register, 13 generating sets, voting cubicles, as well as other sensitive and insensitive election materials, got burnt.

The following day, March 9, 2019, the INEC Registration Area Centre at Ezza North Local Government Area in Ebonyi State was set ablaze by hoodlums.

Before that, on March 3, 2019, the Jigawa INEC office in Gumel Local Government Area was burnt. Everything was destroyed, including documents, furniture, generators, electronic gadgets, computers, among other materials.

In 2020, the INEC equally recorded some fire incidents, including that of February 2 when its office in Ogidi, Idemili North Local Government Area of Anambra State was gutted by fire.

Confirming the incident, a police spokesman in the state said “the fire allegedly emanated from a bush burning.”

A few days later, on February 8, 2020, hoodlums reportedly set the INEC office in Orlu Local Government Area of Imo State ablaze, a week after the supplementary election held in the state.

The police public relations officer in the state said the incident happened in the early hours of Monday and no casualty was recorded, but electoral materials and properties belonging to staff members of the commission were burnt down.

This occurred less than one week after the winner of the Orlu/Orsu/Oru East federal constituency supplementary election was announced by the INEC.

Similarly, on September 10, 2020, just before the Ondo State governorship election, 5,141 card readers were destroyed by fire at the state head office of the commission in Akure.

There was also a fire incident on April 17, 2020, at the national headquarters of the INEC in Maitama, Abuja, where a section close to the media centre of the commission and the election party monitoring office were affected.

The first reported fire incident that affected the INEC in 2021 was on April 20 when an early morning outbreak razed the commission’s data processing centre in Kano State.

It was gathered that the fire incident started about 10:15 am and razed the whole building, destroying all equipment and other valuables.

On May 2, 2021, the Resident Electoral Commissioner for Akwa Ibom State, Mike Igini, reported that the commission’s office in Essien Udim Local Government Area had been set ablaze.

The national commissioner and chairman of the Information and Voter Education Committee (IVEC), Festus Okoye, in a statement noted that the incident occurred in the early hours of Sunday.

Okoye stated that the security guard on duty escaped unhurt, but the destruction to the building and property therein was extensive.

“Items destroyed include 345 ballot boxes, 135 voting cubicles, megaphones, water tanks and office furniture,” Okoye added.

He recalled that on the eve of the 2019 general elections, the commission’s newly constructed prototype office in Ibesikpo Asutan was burnt down while two more offices in Mkpat Enin and Eastern Obolo local government areas were bombed.

Attack on INEC headquarters in Enugu earlier this month

A few days later, on May 9, 2021, the Resident Electoral Commissioner for Abia State, Dr Joseph Iloh, reported that the recently renovated INEC office in Ohafia Local Government Area was set ablaze.

He, however, said there were no casualties on the part of the commission’ staff on guard duty, but the building was virtually destroyed, including electoral materials and office equipment.

Three days later, on May 13, 2021, the national commissioner and chairman of the IVEC, Okoye, said the REC for Enugu State, Emeka Ononamadu, reported that the INEC office in Udenu Local Government Area was set ablaze by gunmen suspected to be members of the outlawed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).

“The latest tragic incident occurred around 8.40 pm on Thursday, May 13, 2021. Casualties were not reported.

“However, the office building was extensively damaged while electoral materials and office equipment were destroyed in spite of the best efforts of the Enugu State Fire Service to contain the inferno,” Okoye stated.

On May 14 and 16, the Enugu State INEC office at Obollo-Offor, Udenu Local Government Area, and the commission’s headquarters were attacked and burnt, after the security personnel on duty were overpowered.

Two days later, on May 18, 2021, two INEC offices were simultaneously attacked in Ebonyi State.

The Ezza North Local Government office and that of Ebonyi were burnt, while the Izzi Local Government office was vandalised; the ceiling and doors were badly damaged.

INEC speaks

Lamenting the series of attacks on INEC offices and facilities, the chairman of the commission, Professor Mahmood Yakubu, warned that the situation may undermine its capacity to organise elections, including the 2023 general elections, as well as negatively impact the country’s electoral processes.

Yakubu said some events in the recent past had challenged the commission and adversely affected its commitment to continue to improve the electoral process. He added that the spate of arson and vandalism targeting its facilities and property had become worrisome.

“Unfortunately, this has been on the rise since the 2019 general elections, but it has now developed into a crisis. In the last three weeks or so, three of our local government offices in Essien Udim in Akwa Ibom State, Ohafia in Abia State and Udenu in Enugu State have been set ablaze by unidentified persons.

“Last Sunday, May 16, 2021, our state office in Enugu suffered another arson and vandalism, in which parts of the building were ransacked and several vehicles razed. More of our facilities are being systematically targeted and attacked.

“Just last night, Tuesday, May 18, 2021, two more offices in Ebonyi and Ezza North local government areas of Ebonyi State were burnt down. Although there were no casualties, the damage to the physical infrastructure and electoral materials was total,” he said.

He lamented that nothing had been salvaged from the attacks, from ballot boxes and voting cubicles to generating sets and office furniture and equipment. He added that the attacks were targeted at the INEC.

He said, “The facilities of the commission are there to serve the local communities for the most fundamental aspect of democratic governance – elections. Therefore, targeting such important national assets and repositories of electoral materials that took time and enormous resources to procure cannot be justified.

“Replacing these facilities in the prevailing economic circumstances will indeed be a tall order, thereby adversely affecting electoral services in the same communities. These facilities are not only limited to voting but also used for other critical electoral activities, such as voter registration, the coordination of stakeholder engagements and voter education and sensitisation.”

He pledged that the commission would work with security agencies to deal with perpetrators of these heinous crimes according to the law, thus a meeting with all the security agencies is expected to hold on Monday, May 24, 2021.

He, however, said it had become imperative to call on all and sundry, particularly communities where these assets are located, to see themselves as owners and custodians of these facilities and assist the commission in protecting them, expressing delight that some of the communities are already doing so.

He added that the challenges posed by these threats notwithstanding, the commission is still positive that it can find lasting solutions to the spate of attacks on its facilities.

He said, “However, this must be done quickly to forestall disruptions to several upcoming electoral activities, particularly the Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) exercise, which we plan to undertake continuously in 2,673 centres nationwide for a period of over one year involving thousands of INEC officials supported by security personnel.

Parties, CSO, experts react

Speaking on the development, the director of programmes, Yiaga Africa, Cynthia Mbamalu, said the trend of attacks on INEC offices was becoming worrisome and had grave impacts on the commission’s preparations for the next elections with the potential to affect the implementation of its activities towards the off-cycle governorship elections and the 2023 elections.

According to her, this also comes with a huge cost implication on INEC’s budget, especially with some of its offices/structures and election materials burnt/destroyed.

“In addition, these attacks are major distractions to INEC. The commission is working to expand voter access to polling units and the plan to commence the national continuous voter’s registration exercise. There is a need for better security provision for all INEC offices and structures as a matter of national emergency.

“The spate of attacks is beyond mere coincidence and requires in-depth investigation that ensures the culprits and their sponsors are apprehended and prosecuted.

“These attacks are an indication of an absence of effective security architecture in Nigeria, which has created a porous and vulnerable system. The government at the federal and state levels must rise up to their responsibilities of ensuring the security of lives and property,” Mbamalu stated.

On his part, a lecturer in the Department of Political Science, University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN), Professor Ifeanyichukwu Abada, said the attacks by hoodlums on offices of the INEC, if unchecked, may affect the commission’s ability to successfully conduct elections.

“I am worried that the INEC, a vital democratic institution in the country, has become a target of attacks by some hoodlums. No matter the reason by anybody or group, the commission should not be a target for destruction.

“Destroying the commission’s facilities amounts to destroying Nigeria’s democratic process. Sponsors and perpetrators of this heinous act should have a rethink on their dangerous mission to kill the country’s democracy and disrupt the 2023 general elections,” he said.

He urged the federal government to beef up security at INEC offices nationwide to ensure 24-hour surveillance in order to arrest those behind the attacks and prevent further incidents.

“With CCTV cameras in all INEC offices, identities of those behind this crime will be unmasked; they will be arrested and prosecuted,” he said.

Also, registered political parties in the country, under the aegis of the Inter-Party Advisory Council (IPAC), condemned the attack on INEC facilities, noting that the materials being destroyed would still be replaced with taxpayers’ money, which could be used in addressing infrastructural challenges.

The national publicity secretary of the IPAC, Ambassador Agbo Major, said the trend could affect the conduct of the 2023 elections, which could lead to a constitutional crisis and ultimately derail the country’s developing democracy.

Major said, “It is clear that those perpetrating this act are enemies of Nigeria. The IPAC, therefore, calls on all well-meaning Nigerians to come together and fight these our common enemies.”

Culled from Daily Trust

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