Attack on INEC staff confirmed by authorities.
Ad hoc staff members of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) were attacked on Saturday, according to the Gombe State police.
They were camping out at the Tudunwada Primary School in the capital city of Gombe.
In a Saturday press interview in Gombe, Mr. Oqua Etim, the city’s police commissioner, confirmed the incident. READ MORE.
”They were attacked by suspected hoodlums. It is very unfortunate, the ad hoc staff moved with materials ahead of the security personnel. That was the mistake they made.
“They were trying to settle in before other colleagues who were to go with the security team from INEC office.
“Unfortunately the hoodlums took advantage of that. We have taken steps to ensure that such situation doesn’t occur again.
“This has never happened. We planned that as they leave the INEC office as a team, they will be escorted to their various locations.”
In the run-up to the elections, the Nigeria Police Force charged stakeholders to ensure the peaceful conduct of the upcoming 2023 general election.
The Assistant Inspector General of Police Adekunle Asafa, who is the AIG in charge of Zone 8, Lokoja, gave the task during a working visit to the Kwara Police Command in Ilorin.
Asafa listed the critical stakeholders as INEC, political parties, security agencies, students, market women, and all citizens who have their voter cards.
The police chief added that the era where ballot boxes would be stolen is gone forever.
“BVAs will expose any illegal activities by any political parties and anybody found wanting will be dealt with according to the law,” he said.