Suspected members of Indigenous Peoples of Biafra, IPOB, on Sunday killed three policemen on duty in Onitsha, Anambra State, just as they set INEC office in Awgu Local Government Area of Enugu State on fire.

In the Anambra incident, the insurgents attacked a police checkpoint on the Ukaegbu/Ezeiweka road in Onitsha at 9am, killing the three policemen, injuring others and setting their patrol vehicle ablaze.

Spokesman for the Anambra State Police Command, Ikenga Tochukwu, confirmed the incident, just as Festus Okoye, INEC national commissioner and chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, confirmed the attack on the INEC office in Awgu Local Government Area of Enugu State.

He said the building was set ablaze on Sunday morning, and resulted in extensive damage to mainly the stores section where election materials are kept.

“Fortunately, all movable election materials had been evacuated following recent attacks on our offices in the State. There are no casualties in the incident.

“The identity or motives of attackers are unknown while the incident has been reported to the Nigeria Police Force for investigation.

“The Commission appreciates the prompt response of the security agencies comprising the Nigeria Police Force, the Nigerian Army, the Department of State Services (DSS) and the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) as well the Enugu State Fire Service and the Awgu Local Government Neighbourhood Watch,” Okoye said in a statement.

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