INEC has suffered 50 attacks in four years, says Spokesman

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) said on Tuesday that 50 attacks on its offices across the country occurred between 2019 and 2022.

It was reported that 11 attacks were recorded in Imo State alone.

The Chairman’s Chief Press Secretary, Rotimi Oyekanmi, disclosed this during a virtual meeting organized by the International Press Centre with support from the European Union Support to Democratic Governance in Nigeria.

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The meeting was intended to improve journalists’ capacity for conflict-sensitive reporting in advance of the general elections.

He said: “Between 2019 and last year (2022), we had 50 unprovoked attacks on our offices and we lost many staff members.

“In 2020, we had 22 unprovoked attacks, in 2021 there were 12 attacks and in 2022, there were eight attacks. The attacks were spread across Osun, Ogun, Lagos, Ondo, Bayelsa, Abia, Enugu, Akwa Ibom, Cross River, Anambra Ebonyi, Kaduna, Taraba, and Borno States. Of all these states, we had 11 attacks in Imo.”

Oyekanmi said the commission relied on the collaboration of the media to succeed in the election.

 

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