INEC announces another attack on Imo facility; DSS parades two masterminds

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The Department of State Security Service in Imo state on Wednesday disclosed that its operatives had arrested the kingpins of constant attacks in the state.

The Director of the Department in the state, Wilcox Idaminabo, who spoke at a stakeholders meeting in Owerri, the state capital, with the Resident Electoral Commissioner in the state, Sylvia Agu, said that the secret police and other security agencies were committed to ensuring that lasting peace reigns in the state.

He disclosed that the agency had made a major breakthrough in fighting insecurity in the state.

Idaminabo informed that the kingpins who masterminded the attack at the INEC headquarters in Owerri recently and other government facilities had been arrested.

The DSS director said the department had also dislodged the bandits’ camp at Orsu, where the hoodlums had made their headquarters.

According to him, the constant raid by operatives of SSS led to the arrest of one Mike Ahize, who he said is the leader of the hoodlums in the Orsu Local Government Area of the state.

Meanwhile, the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) for Imo State, Professor Sylvia Uchenna Agu, has reported that another office of the commission in Isu Local Government Area office has attacked and vandalised.

The incident occurred at the early hours of Tuesday, 20th December 2022.

Festus Okoye Esq, the National Commissioner & Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee said eight windows were smashed, and burglary proofs removed.

“Fortunately, the attackers could not access the building. Movable and immovable equipment as well as other materials were not removed or vandalised.

“However, as a precautionary measure, critical materials such as ballot boxes and voting cubicles have been evacuated to another INEC facility for safe keeping. Similarly, all uncollected PVCs have been secured while security will be deployed to ensure the continuous collection of the cards by registered voters in the same premises.

“The incident has been reported to the Police and other security agencies for necessary action.

“This is the fourth attack on INEC facilities in Imo State in less than three weeks following previous attacks on Orlu and Oru West Local Government Areas and the State Headquarters in Owerri”.