- INEC has condemned violence during Akwa Ibom rerun
- According to the electoral umpire, violence and banditry rocked the rerun elections held in Essien Udim LGA Akwa
- Meanwhile, arrests were made over the election violence
Following the violence that trailed the rerun elections held in Essien Udim LGA Akwa Ibom state, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has condemned actions of the perpetrators.
This was disclosed in a statement signed by the state Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) Mike Igini.
He pointed to the disruptions that took place in Ukana West (Ward 11), Units 5, 8, and 9 as well as Ikpe Annang (Ward 5), Unit 12 in Essien Udim local government area.
In a related development, the state police command also confirmed the arrest of some persons in connection with electoral violence.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that the rerun election in Essien Udim, Akwa Ibom, went awry after officials of INEC 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.
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."
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