Rivers Election: 25 electoral officials hospitalised — INEC

FILE PHOTO; Voter voting at the Rivers State Re-run relections

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Monday said that more than 25 of its staff members were hospitalised due to Saturday’s supplementary election held in Etche, Rivers.

The Resident Electoral Commissioner, Aniedi Ikoiwak, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Port Harcourt that the victims were attacked and wounded by Rivers people.

According to him, one of the victims regained consciousness on Sunday.

“This is one area that Nigerians should ask questions: over 25 INEC staff members are in hospital today because the people of Rivers State decided to either kill or wound them.

“They were all beaten up because they went to those villages to conduct an election.

“Let the people of Rivers State tell us the offence of any of them.

“What did they do? They were bringing materials for the election; they decided to descend on them, beat them up, collect their personal belongings and run away,” he said.

Mr. Ikoiwak noted that the victims were on official duties and needed a peaceful environment to achieve success.

He called on Nigerians to condemn the alleged attack.

“It is very sad. None of them was beaten up in his home but where they went to conduct an election.

“Why shouldn’t Nigerians discuss that? Why should people sent to conduct an election be beaten up and their belongings taken away from them?” he asked.

NAN reports that about 700 staff members of the commission were mobilised for the supplementary legislative election in Etche.

The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) had withdrawn from assisting INEC in the election due to security issues.

(NAN)


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  • amah sossy

    Wike’s Rivers of blood.

    • Otile

      See what Buhari has brought to our land. Beelzebub will paralyze the Fulani parasites oppressing our people.

  • ilesanmi

    These innocent staff suffered for the sins committed by INEC top brass. Since these top men are not always available for attack, the unlucky, unprotected ones received the dose meant for the “ogas”
    This should serve enough warning to the INEC to stop manipulation of elections for the ruling APC, because the situation may be worse come 2019.

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  • Edward Osadebay

    That’s how Wike wins elections in Rivers state. With Wike on the helm of affairs in Rivers, it will be difficult for peace to reign. The Rivers people have been conquered by brute force.

    • sab

      Were there no blood bath in 2015 election? Who was governor then? Though shall know the truth and the truth shall set thee free!

  • Jaja Majaja

    When you decided under the cover of Buhari and his agents to go out and rig elections, what did you think was going to happen to you?…SMH.

  • Aminu Baba

    The Rivers of blood. The only solution is to impeach that wicked governor called Wike

    • sab

      Because he refused to be outwitted isnt it? What about the INEC report on the 2016 election in Rivers which indicted the security agencies? Have you said anything about it? Instead the policeman who allegedly spear-headed it all has been promoted. God bless Nigeria!

  • BURNING SPEAR

    They should have ALL been killed—-Rivers people would not travel to Sokoto or Osun state—–to influence election results for Bingo Buhari—THIEF AMEACHI—and the APES in APC—or the Sultan of Sokoto———–When u have a controversial Fulani rogue like the head of INEC——this is what happens–They hire thugs as INEC officers to rig elections—So—-u stop them—-on their tracks————————1.9m electorates registered in Kano and all of them -voted—for ailing Bingo Buhari in London—

  • Rommel

    These victims should be compensated from River state federal allocation

  • Impulse400

    Thank goodness, no youth corper was affected by the incident.