Following a recent attack on an INEC office in Ebonyi, the state government has said it will fortify security at all Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) offices, among other facilities, across the state.
The Security Consultant to the Government, Chief Stanley Emegha, shared this information with the general public on Tuesday, 29th November while speaking on efforts to forestall the recent arson on the INEC office in Izzi Local Government Area.
“The problem is that when we deploy the Ebubeagu security outfit to such facilities, some people will start insinuating that they want to hijack electoral materials.”
“We would, however, not succumb to such cheap blackmail but ensure that such facilities are adequately protected across the state.”
“We would, in collaboration with other security agencies in the state, deploy joint security outfits at all INEC offices among other public facilities across the state,” he said.
He noted that the arsonists thought that Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs) and other sensitive materials were at the affected INEC office but fortunately, they were not.
“Those causing these problems do not want elections to be held in Ebonyi as in other states, but their plans have failed.”
“Elections would be held in Ebonyi as scheduled, and the people would protect their votes.”
“Anyone who destroys public facilities again in the state will meet his waterloo as the government would act decisively,” he said