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Three INEC staff die, five others injured in car crash in Borno

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Three staff of the Independent National Electoral Commission on an official assignment in Borno State died in a fatal road accident on Sunday.

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“On Sunday 18th April 2021, the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) for the State, Mohammed Magaji Ibrahim, informed the Commission that an Electoral Officer (EO) and some Assistant Electoral Officers (AEOs) travelling from some Local Government Areas to Maiduguri for a special training ahead of the conversion of Voting Points into Polling Units were involved in the accident,” INEC spokesman Festus Okoye said in a statement on Monday.

“Unfortunately, three staff: Adamu Mohammed (EO, Biu LGA), Abubakar Hamma Joda and Suleiman Umar (AEOs, Damboa LGA) lost their lives while five others sustained injuries.”

Okoye further stated that the injured staff members are receiving treatment in a Specialist Hospital in Maiduguri.

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He said the deceased staff, who were indigenes of Adamawa State, will be buried on Monday 19th April in Yola.

Okoye stated that the Supervising National Commissioner for Borno, Adamawa and Taraba States, AVM Ahmed Tijjani Mu’azu (rtd), will represent the Commission at their funeral

“The three staff died in the course of national assignment. While praying for the repose of their souls, the Commission extends its condolence to their families and wishes the injured staff speedy recovery,” Okoye said.

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