Unknown gunmen shoot officials from INEC in Enugu


Following an attack on its staff by unidentified gunmen on Wednesday, the Independent National Electoral Commission INEC has suspended Ward level registration of voters in Enugu state's Igboeze North Local Government Area.

Festus Okoye, the National Commissioner for INEC's Information and Voter Education Committee, made this announcement in a statement issued on Thursday in Abuja.

He claimed that Mr. Jude Okwuonu, the state's INEC administrative secretary, had informed him that on Wednesday at around 2:30 pm, unidentified gunmen opened fire on commission officials participating in the Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) exercise at Community Primary School Umuopu in Umuozzi Ward 19 of Igboeze North Local Government Area.

"In order to scatter potential registrants and registration officials, the gunmen intermittently fired into the air. One of our employees was hurt in the ensuing stampede and is currently receiving medical attention in a hospital, he said.

He claimed that two voting machines and staff members' personal belongings, including mobile phones, were stolen.

As a result, he said, "Igboeze North Ward level voter registration is hereby suspended."

According to Vanguard, on July 3, unidentified assailants set fire to the INEC office in the Igboeze North Local Government Area.

With the aid of vigilantes sent by the Local Government authority, the Commission was still able to complete Ward level registration in spite of the attack. One of the centres has now come under attack.

The police have been notified about the incident, Okoye continued.


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