Gunmen Attack INEC Official In Enugu, Destroy Registration Machines

Gunmen allegedly opened fire on IEC staff members in Enugu State’s Igboeze North Local Government Area on Thursday, according to the Independent National Electoral Commission.

Festus Okoye, the chairman of INEC’s Information and Voter Education Committee, verified the news in a statement and said one of the commission’s employees was hurt and is being treated in a hospital.

Okoye claimed that during the Continuous Voter Registration process at a Community Primary School Umuopu in Umuozzi Ward 19 in Enugu State, the staff had been attacked.

“The gunmen fired sporadically into the air to disperse registrants and registration officials. In the ensuing stampede, one of our staff sustained injuries and is receiving treatment in a hospital,” the statement read.

“Two voter registration machines and personal items of the staff such as mobile phones were lost.

“Consequently, Ward level registration of voters in Igboeze North is hereby suspended”.

Okoye, however, said the Commission has reported the incident to police authorities in the state.

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