Election: INEC’s ad-hoc staff, Amachree, killed in Rivers State


Nigeria Elections

The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC has said that one its ad-hoc staff, Ms. Ibisiki Amachree, has been killed by a stray bullet in River State.

Ms. Ibisiki Amachree

Her killing is not unconnected to the military assault on parts of Akuku-Toru, Asari-Toru and Degema Local Government Areas of the state.

The Commission did not elaborate on the incident which it described as “serious fatality in Rivers State,” saying it happened on Saturday during the presidential and National Assembly polls, however.

Another INEC employee was arrested by security agencies over alleged infractions in the presidential and National Assembly elections held on Saturday.

The Commission promised to review the performance of security agencies after the elections and see how to improve on its security architecture.

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The chairman of INEC, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, stated this during a press briefing held at the National Collation Centre in Abuja on Sunday.

According to him, voting has either started or has been concluded today (Sunday) in some places in Abia, Bayelsa, Benue, Bayelsa and Gombe states where there had been malfunctioning of smart card readers.

Yakubu said, “In Imo, one of our Electoral Officers have been handed to the Police. Investigation is ongoing, but his offences have something to do with infractions in the elections held on Saturday.

“We are also awaiting reports from Imo, and some parts of Lagos, particularly Okota; and also Osun state and we have lodged a complaint with security agencies.

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“We have recorded serious fatality in Rivers State and one of our ad hoc staff (Ms. Ibisiki Amachree) was killed by alleged stray bullet.

“This is not the right time for postmortem. This is not the right time to assess institutions and security agencies. We will review the situations after the elections and see how to improve on our security architecture.”

The INEC chairman also said he was not aware that voters were not allowed to exercise their civic responsibilities in Sabon-Gari area of Kano.

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