- A building belonging to the NDLEA in Abia was partially burnt on Tuesday, May 11
- The structure was set ablaze by some armed arsonists
- However, the commandant of the agency in the state, Akingbade Bamidele, said nobody was killed in the inferno
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The Abia office of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) located in the Amaekpu Ohafia local government area of the state was set ablaze by gunmen on Tuesday, May 11.
However, confirming the attack to Daily Trust on Tuesday, the state commandant of the agency, Akingbade Bamidele, revealed that no casualty was recorded.
According to Punch, Bamidele said the partial destruction of the building took place in the early hours of the morning.
He added that none of the NDLEA's documents were damaged as they were all kept in a fire-proof safe.
Legit.ng gathered that the incident happened on the night of Sunday, May 9, days after the commission’s office in Akwa Ibom was set ablaze by unknown men.
Joseph Iloh, the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) for the state, confirmed the incident when the commission met on Monday, May 10, to discuss a wide range of issues.
A statement issued by the national commissioner and chairman, information and voter education committee, Festus Okoye, revealed that the attack was not the first the commission has suffered in the state in recent times.
The statement read:
“There are no casualties on the part of our staff on guard duty but the building was virtually destroyed. Apart from furniture items, all electoral materials and office equipment were destroyed. The matter has been reported to the police for investigation.
“It will be recalled that only last week, the Commission reported an attack on its office in Essien Udim local government Area of Akwa Ibom State and expressed anxiety about the impact of such attacks on electoral activities, including the ongoing expansion of voter access to Polling Units, resumption of the Continuous Voter Registration (CVR), pending bye-elections, end-of tenure elections and ultimately the 2023 general election."