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Angry Youths Burn INEC Office In Benue Amid Protests Against Bandit Attacks

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THE Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) office in Sankara, the headquarters of Ukum Local Government Area, Benue State, has been destroyed by some youths of the community.

The incident occurred on Wednesday during protests against escalating bandit attacks in the region, which targeted several government facilities, including INEC.

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Fortunately, no lives were lost in the attack, as confirmed by Sam Olumekun, National Commissioner & Chairman of the Information and Voter Education Committee, who assured the public that security agencies had been promptly informed and had deployed personnel to manage the situation.

Olumekun said the incident “occurred at 2pm today, Wednesday 3rd July 2024, when the youths in the area said to be protesting against the activities of bandits attacked facilities of government agencies, including INEC”.

“Although no causalties were reported, the building has been extensively damaged. Office furniture and other movable and immovable materials, including 10 electric generators, 300 ballot boxes and 270 voting cubicles, were destroyed in the attack.

“The attention of security agencies has drawn to the incident and they have already deployed their personnel to the area,” it added.

The Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) for Benue State, Prof. Sam Egwu, reported the extensive damage to the Sankara office.

The incident has drawn the attention of security agencies, who are actively working in the area to ensure stability and prevent further escalation of violence.

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