The Nigeria Police, Delta Command, has confirmed that the State Independent Electoral Commission (DSIEC) office in Ughelli North Local has been set ablaze.
The police have begun investigation into circumstances that led to the burning of the office.
The command’s Spokesperson, Mr Andrew Aniamaka, disclosed this to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Saturday night in Warri.
He also assured that perpetrators would be apprehended soon and brought to justice.
Aniamaka also said that the ugly incident led to the cancellation of the Saturday’s state-wide Council election in the area.
He said: “Some thugs set ablaze the DSIEC office in Ughelli North.
“Investigation is already ongoing and I assure you that the perpetrators of the act will be apprehended and brought to book.
“Election could not hold in the local government because of the action,” he said.”
Mr Felix Ekure, the Chairman, All Progressive Congress (APC) in Ughelli North, alleged on Saturday that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) was responsible for the burning to cover up its perceived atrocities.
“We were informed that election materials were brought to the DSIEC office in Ughelli North on Friday.
“And we mobilised our supporters to the venue to ensure that the materials were protected.
“At the point of distribution, we insisted on seeing the result sheets and other sensitive materials but the DSIEC official claimed that he forgot the original result sheets in Asaba.
“We insisted that he must bring the result sheets before the distribution of materials.
“At that point, PDP thugs started shooting guns and our boys scampered for safety.
“The PDP thugs then set the DSIEC office ablaze in order to cover up their atrocities,” he said.
Responding, the PDP Chairman in Ughelli North, Mr Lawrence Agbatutu, told NAN on Sunday that the APC leaders in the area allegedly ordered their supporters to set the building ablaze.
“Two day to the election, the APC stationed their boys at the DSIEC office. The leaders ordered their loyalists to burn DSIEC building, it was not the PDP supporters.
“PDP is ever ready for the election, we are not afraid because we did a lot of campaign,” he said.