The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has lost one of its staff after ‘unknown gunmen’ attacked a registration centre of the Commission in Imo state.
Nwokorie Anthony was the casualty of the attack by the armed men, which occurred on Thursday at INEC’s Continuous Voter Registration Exercise (CVR) exercise in Ihitte Uboma Local Government Area.
In the meantime, INEC has shut down their activities in Ihitte Uboma.
INEC National Commissioner Festus Okoye, in a statement, said, “Prior to this incident, the Commission had suspended the CVR in Orsu and Njaba Local Government areas of the State on account of insecurity while the exercise is taking place only at the INEC LGA office in Oru East, Oru West, Orlu and Ohaji – Egbema Local Government Areas of the State,” Mr Okoye said.
“The Commission extends its condolences to the family of Nwokorie Anthony and prays that God will grant them the fortitude to bear the loss. The incident has been reported to security agencies to unravel the circumstances that led to this unfortunate incident and bring the culprits to justice.
“We urge the President General of the various Town Unions in Imo State and all the critical stakeholders to protect the Commission’s staff engaged in national assignment. The safety and security of staff is of paramount importance to the Commission, particularly with the devolution of the voter registration exercise beyond our State and Local Government Area offices in our determination to serve Nigerians better.”