By Oyero Abiodun Yakub
Following a twin attack on its facilities in Osun and Ogun states on Thursday, November 10, 2022, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) will hold an emergency meeting today, Friday.
With the Presidential and National Assembly elections in 105 days, the electoral body’s facilities in various states have been attacked in recent days. The attack yesterday was the 47th in 33 months.
The heads of security agencies who are members of the Inter-Agency Consultative Committee on Election Security (ICCES) will attend today’s meeting in Abuja, which will be chaired by the National Security Adviser, Maj. Gen. Babagana Mongumo (rtd.).
Speaking about the meeting, Mr. Rotimi Oyekanmi, Chief Press Secretary to the INEC Chairman, revealed that the focus will be on tightening security at the body’s facilities across the country. He also stated that the PVCs that were destroyed in the fire attack would be replaced.
“We have reported the arson attack to the police, and we are convening an emergency meeting of the ICCES to discuss the matter,” Mr. Rotimi said.
“These attacks are clearly a setback, no matter how you look at it.” Unfortunately, the destroyed assets would have to be replaced at a significant cost to the country,” he added.