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Friday 17 February 2023

Police foil gunmen attack on INEC officials


By Nurat Uthman

The police in Anambra State, South-east Nigeria, said they have foiled a planned attack on officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Ukpor, a community in Nnewi South Local Government Area of the state.

The incident occurred on Thursday at about 5:35 p.m.

The police spokesperson in the state, Tochukwu Ikenga, who disclosed this in a statement on Thursday, said the counter operation was carried out by a joint security team. But he did not give details of the security agencies involved in the operation.

Mr Ikenga, a deputy superintendent of police, said the INEC officials were rescued by the joint security team and prevented the gunmen from hurting them.

The police spokesperson said a staffer of the INEC, some members of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) and officials of unnamed ministry, department and agency, were holding a training programme for the commission’s ad-hoc staff ahead of the 2023 general elections, when the gunmen attempted to attack them.

He said the training programme, which was being held at Ukpor High School in the council area, was disrupted by the gunmen.

“No life was lost,” he said.

The counter operation followed “a potent and dynamic” policing strategy put in place by the Commissioner of Police in the state, Echeng Echeng, to respond to any emergency and security concerns to ensure a hitch-free 2023 elections in the state, Mr Ikenga said.

“Joint security patrols have been intensified in the area and efforts are still ongoing to track down the criminals,” he stated.

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