three dead in the attack on an office of the Electoral Commission

three dead in the attack on an office of the Electoral Commission

Nigerian police said on Monday they killed three gunmen while repelling an attack on an Electoral Commission (Inec) office in southeastern Nigeria.

The assailants attempted to storm Inec’s main office in Owerri, the capital of Imo state, according to police, two months before the presidential election in Africa’s most populous country.

“The Inec headquarters in Owerri was attacked early this morning by armed men who destroyed part of the building, furniture and equipment,” police spokesman Michael Abattam told AFP. Imo State.

An exchange of fire broke out, “three of the attackers were killed and two were arrested”, added Mr. Abattam.

At the end of February, Nigerians will elect a successor to President Muhammadu Buhari, a former army general who is not standing again after two terms and a record deemed catastrophic, his country being in the grip of a serious economic crisis and generalized insecurity.

Several Inec offices have recently been attacked, particularly in the south-east where separatist groups are rife.

Inec spokesman Festus Okoye confirmed the attack in a statement on Monday, saying it was the third such incident in Imo state in two weeks.

Inec recently warned of the threat of escalating violence during the election campaign, adding that it had recorded at least 50 attacks since the start of the exercise nearly two months ago.

Although no group claimed responsibility for the new attack, southeastern Nigeria has been the scene of a large number of attacks attributed to the Independence Movement for the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (Ipob).

Ipob, which seeks the revival of a separate state for the Igbo ethnic group, has repeatedly denied any responsibility for the violence.

According to local media, more than 100 police and other security agents have been killed since the beginning of last year in targeted attacks.