The Nigerian Electoral Fee (INEC) stated considered one of its places of work was burnt down on Sunday within the southeastern state of Ebonyi, three months forward of presidential and parliamentary elections in Africa’s most populous nation.
“Our Izzi native authorities workplace in Iboko was burnt down,” INEC spokesman Festus Okoye stated in an announcement on Sunday.
The assault by “unidentified” males didn’t lead to any casualties however all supplies have been destroyed, together with many voter playing cards, he added.
That is the third such incident in November, after the assault on two INEC places of work within the southwest, a area normally spared from such violence.
On 25 February, Nigerians will elect a successor to President Muhammadu Buhari, who isn’t standing for re-election after two phrases in workplace and a file that has been deemed catastrophic each economically and when it comes to safety, two main points within the election.
INEC just lately warned of the specter of escalating violence throughout the election marketing campaign, including that it had recorded at the very least 50 assaults because the train started practically two months in the past.
Though no group has claimed duty for Sunday’s assault, southeast Nigeria has seen numerous assaults attributed to the Indigenous Peoples’ Motion of Biafra (IPOB).
The IPOB, which is looking for to revive a separate state for the Igbo ethnic group, has repeatedly denied duty for the violence.
In keeping with native media, greater than 100 police and different safety personnel have been killed because the starting of final 12 months in focused assaults.
Nigeria has a protracted historical past of election-related unrest and malfeasance. In 2011, greater than 800 individuals have been killed in post-election violence within the nation.