The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has confirmed that19 members of its ad hoc staff who were abducted while on their way to conduct the House of Assembly election in Ideato South Local Government Area of Imo, have been released.
INEC’s Resident Electoral Commissioner for Imo, Prof. Sylvia Agu, said security operatives secured the release of the abducted victims. However, there’s no trace of the election materials they were travelling with.
“The attention of the commission has been drawn to a report from Ugbelle Registration Area (06) in Ideato South Local Government Area of Imo state where thugs carted away all electoral materials and took our staff, hostage, for some hours during the March 18 House of Assembly election.
“Presently, all ad hoc staff on hostage have been rescued but no trace of the election materials.
“While the commission remains grateful to the security operatives, it condemns such acts of thuggery, intimidation, and disenfranchisement of voters and urges the public to continue to have confidence in the electoral process.”