- INEC has confirmed that one of its officials was shot in Edo state
- The incident happened during the governorship election was conducted in the state on Saturday, September 19
- Professor Godswill Alan Lukman, is the collation officer in Etsako Central local government area, where the incident occurred
- Legit.ng had reported on Saturday, September 19, that One person was shot at Ologbo in Ikpoba Okah local government area of the state
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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has confirmed that one of its officials was shot and critically injured during the governorship election held in Edo state on Saturday, September 19.
Legit.ng reports that the incident occurred in the Etsako local government area of the state while electorates were voting for their preferred candidate.
The collation officer in Etsako Central local government area where the incident took place, Professor Godswill Alan Lukman, confirmed the incident.
Lukman made the disclosure on Sunday, September 20, at the collation centre in Benin City, while giving a situation report on the election conducted in the local government.
He, however, stated that the victim was not dead but in critical condition at a hospital in the state.
The collation officer, who noted that the incident occurred due to violence at the venue of the election, added that another ad-hoc official was cut in the face.
He explained that some hoodlums suspected to be political thugs stormed the venue and disrupted the exercise, forcing the electorate who have come to vote to run to safety.
He said the election could not be concluded at the polling area due to the incident.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that one person was reportedly shot at Ologbo in Ikpoba Okah local government area of Edo state during the conduct of the governorship election.
It was gathered that the individual was shot when police were trying to enforce crowd control.
The incident was said to have been confirmed by a traditional ruler, Jason Owen Akenzua who said he had called the divisional police officer over the incident.
In another report, the election results released so far by the INEC indicated that the incumbent governor of Edo dtate, Godwin Obaseki, maintained an early lead over his main challenger and candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu.
The governorship election was conducted in the state on Saturday, September 19, as the INEC started announcing results of polls conducted across the state.
The results of 13 local governments had already been announced by the electoral commission with Obaseki clinching 11.
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