The Returning officer of Isu constituency in the Imo State House Assembly has been allegedly abducted and taken to an unknown destination by hoodlums while collation of results was in progress.
Also abducted are Collation Officers and the Electoral officer in charge of the Isu local government area of the state.
The Spokesperson for the Independent National Electoral Commission in the state, Dr Chinenye Chijioke Osuji, made this known in a statement made available to newsmen.
She said the collation of results was in progress at the INEC office located in the council headquarters when persons believed to be council staff stormed the premises and fired gunshots at the air and canisters, thereby making the people scamper for safety.
Dr. Chijioke-Osuji lamented that the unscrupulous elements beat up INEC personnel in their office for the collation and later abducted some of them to an unknown destination.
COLLATION OFFICERS ABDUCTED: IMO
She added that the hoodlums went further to destroy office equipment after shattering the windows in the commission’s office.
Meanwhile, the INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner in the State, Professor Sylvia Agu, has reacted to the development, saying that the law enforcement agents had been contacted to ensure the release of the abducted INEC officials. There have been allegations of attacks on opposition party agents and INEC personnel across some collation centres in Imo state.
Election into the twenty-seven legislative seats in the Imo State House of Assembly held across the state amidst voter apathy.
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