Gunmen attack INEC officials in Enugu
Officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) have been attacked by gunmen in Igboeze North Local Government Area of Enugu State.
Two voter registration machines and personal items of the staff such as mobile phones were lost after the attack.
INEC Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, Festus Okoye who confirmed the attack on Thursday July 14, said the electoral officials were involved in the Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) exercise before gunmen stormed the Community Primary School Umuopu in Umuozzi Ward 19 in the South-Eastern state.
After the Administrative Secretary in Enugu State, Mr. Jude Okwuonu reported the incident to INEC Headquarters, the commission decided to suspend the Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) exercise in the affected area.
The commission has also reported the incident to police authorities in Enugu State to commence an investigation.
The statement read;
“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.
“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.”