Many official vehicles and other valuable items at the headquarters of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, in Enugu were burnt Sunday night following attack on the electoral office by unknown persons.
Sources said hoodlums numbering about seven in a mini-bus stormed the premises of the Commission located near Enugu State Broadcasting Service at Independence Layout Enugu and set six Hilux vehicles on fire with five said to have been completely burnt while the sixth was partially destroyed.
The attackers were said to have attempted setting the entire buildings in the premises ablaze but were resisted by armed security operatives guarding the complex. Some furnitures in one of the offices were said to have caught fire before firefighters arrived.
Some residents reportedlysaid they heard sounds of gunshots at about 10.pm before the inferno.
The State INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner, Emeka Ononamadu, told journalists on phone when contacted that some vehicles in the premises were affected but the office buildings were saved.
Following the incident, armed security operatives have cordoned off the area while men of the State Fire Service were still in the premises as at the time of filing this report.