By Perez Brisibe
Few days after the presidential and National Assembly elections in Delta State, suspected arsonists have set ablaze the Isiokolo office of Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, damaging files and other sensitive items within the building.
According to an eyewitness, the building, sited opposite Agbon Secondary School, was newly constructed for the operations of the electoral umpire and was set ablaze between the hours of 6 and 7pm, Monday.
The witness, who spoke on condition of anonymity, stated that the suspects stormed the premises through the back fence and broke into the office after chasing out the security guards and immediately set the building ablaze.
Though details of the damage could not be ascertained when Vanguard visited the premises, it was gathered that an unspecified number of Permanent Voter’s Cards, PVCs, were burnt while part of the roof was also affected.
Contacted, state Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Celestina Kalu, denied the incident.
“It is false and I wonder who is carrying such rumours,” the police spokesman said.
Ethiope East is one of the areas in Delta Central Senatorial district which results is being questioned for alleged irregularities by the Labour Party, LP.