INEC ad hoc staff killed, another arrested
AS the announcement of the presidential election results begins
today, the Independent National Electoral Commission INEC
National Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, said yesterday that the
commission lost an ad-hoc staff in Rivers and another official has
been handed over to the police in Imo State for alleged infractions.
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He said though the commission was generally satisfied with the
way Nigerians conducted themselves during the exercise, it was
disheartening to note the killing of one of its ad hoc staff in Rivers
by political thugs.
“While in all these attacks, electoral staff sustained injuries, we
have unfortunately recorded the first fatality in Rivers State. An ad
hoc staff, Mrs Ibiseki Amachree was hit by a bullet while returning
from election duty in Degema. May her soul rest in peace. We
condemn this attack and have lodged a comprehensive report with
security agencies for expeditious investigation and prosecution of
those involved,” he said.
This was as the INEC boss said the commission has also handed
over one of its electoral officers in Imo to the Police for election
“ All election duty personnel have sworn to an oath of neutrality. We
have reports of possible dereliction of duty by some electoral
officials. They refused to activate or deploy the smart card readers.
The failure to fully account for materials for the elections,
absconding from duty and a host of other infractions. In Imo state,
one of our Electoral Officers had already been handed over to the
Police. We will not tolerate violations against, or by our own
officials”, he warned.
He spoke of how INEC staff and policemen were held hostage in a
place in Rivers, saying he had to immediately initiate their rescue
process by calling on the heads of security agencies.