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INEC official killed in Rivers State, says INEC

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Chairman of Nigeria’s Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Mahmood Yakubu speaks to the press about preparations for the rescheduled general elections in Abuja, on February 20, 2019. – Nigeria’s presidential and parliamentary election has been rescheduled for February 23, 2019, following the postponement of the orinial poll on February 16. (Photo by Pius Utomi EKPEI / AFP)


The Independent National Electoral Commission Sunday confirmed the death of the commission’s ad-hoc staff in Rivers State during the presidential and parliamentary elections on Saturday.

According to INEC Chief Mahmood Yakubu the staff, Amakiri Ibisaki, female, was hit by a “stray bullet”.

“We have recorded the first fatality, an adhoc staff was hit by bullet,” Yakubu said.

“We condemn this attack and will forward a comprehensive report for security agencies to investigate,” he added

It was not immediately clear whether Ms Ibisaki was a corps member.

Most of INEC’s election duties staff is made up of university and polytechnic graduates undergoing a one-year compulsory national youth service.


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