Paul Obiajunwo, Port Harcourt
A group of hoodlums suspected to be political thugs have stolen the direct data capture machine belonging to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Emohua Local Government Area of Rivers State.
The machine was stolen in the office of the Independent National Electoral Commission in Emohua, the headquarters of the local government area.
Head of Department, Voter Education and Publicity, Mr. Edwin Enabor, said that the incident happened last Thursday night.
Enabor disclosed that apart from the INEC office, the hoodlums also vandalised the entire council secretariat, adding that the INEC office in the area was situated within the premises of the local government secretariat.
“It happened in the night. Apparently, some unknown people came to the council and vandalised virtually the whole council, not just the INEC office; all the offices in the council.
“We went there yesterday on an assessment tour and from what we saw, they really vandalised the council and unfortunately for the commission, our office happens to be within the council premises.”
However, the State Police Public Relations Officer, Mr. Nnamdi Omoni, confirmed the incident.