Cross River rerun: Gunmen abduct INEC official, hijack electoral materials

Cross River rerun: Gunmen abduct INEC official, hijack electoral materials

- There has been a case of violence at the Abi constituency of Cross River during the rerun in the state

- Some gunmen kidnapped an INEC ad hoc staff who was part of the team conducting the election

- INEC commissioner in charge of south-south, Mohammed Lecky, confirmed the development which took place on Saturday, January 25

One of the ad hoc staff members of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Cross River who is conducting the rerun election in the state has been kidnapped by some gunmen.

The attackers also left the polling unit with a lot of materials meant for the voting exercise, The Cable reports.

INEC's commissioner in charge of south-south region, Mohammed Lecky, confirmed the development on Saturday, January 25.

Lecky revealed to journalists that abducted staff was attacked by the assailant on his way to the Abi constituency, adding that other ad hoc workers who were kidnapped alongside the victim have been released.

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The commissioner went on to say that the staff included the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) members.

However, the police command in the state has said that the exercise in the Abi/Yakurr federal constituency has been smooth, even if it admitted that there were cases of ballot snatching earlier in the day.

DSP Irene Ugbo, the police public relations officer in the state, said that calm and order has returned to places where there were pockets of violence.

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Meanwhile, reported that the rerun election in Essien Udim, Akwa Ibom, went awry after officials of NEC were allegedly held hostage inside a public secondary school in the area.

Confirming the news to journalists on Saturday, January 25, Don Etukudoh, INEC's spokesman in the state, said that the officials were held hostage in Independent High School, Ukana.

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Commenting on the life-threatening development, Etukudoh said: “They are still being held hostage right now."

In line with the spokesman's report, another INEC staff who did not disclose his identity revealed: “In Independent High School, Ukana, poll officials have been taken in, we learnt that there are persons who are either they are fake or real DSS officers and soldiers.

"The poll officials, their phones have been taken away from them, we can’t reach them and an insider has sent a message to us that what they are doing there they are thumb-printing, they don’t allow the use of card reader in the place.” ( -> Same great journalism, upgraded for better service!

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