The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has urged President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration to investigate the attack on offices of the Independent National Electoral Commission in Ogun and Osun states.
The commission’s offices in Abeokuta in Ogun and Osogbo in Osun were gutted by fire on Thursday.
The attack happened when some hoodlums numbering about eight scaled the perimeter fence, jumped into the premises and set the INEC building in Abeokuta on fire from the rear side.
The electoral commission in an official statement issued in reaction to the arson attack said over 65,000 uncollected Permanent Voter Cards were destroyed in the fire.
According to the statement signed by INEC’s Commissioner for Information and Voter Education, Festus Okoye, all moveable assets including 904 ballot boxes, 29 voting cubicles, 30 megaphones, 57 election bags, 8 electric power generators and 65,699 uncollected PVCs were destroyed.
Meanwhile, in a tweet made on Friday, SERAP said the government must prosecute those behind the attacks on INEC’s offices.
“BREAKING: The Buhari administration must immediately probe the attack on INEC offices in Ogun and Osun states, which resulted in the destruction of 65,699 uncollected PVCs; identify and prosecute the perpetrators. We’ll seek accountability for the failure to secure INEC materials,” SERAP tweeted