One of the Independent National Electoral Commission’s staffers was kidnapped in Bayelsa State’s Sagbama Local Government Area, according to reports.
The state’s INEC voter registration coordinator, Wilfred Ifogah, claimed in a statement on Friday that the electoral officer was abducted while waiting to board a boat at the jetty.
In a statement released on its verified X account on Friday night, Wilfred Ifogah, the state’s head of INEC voter registration, said that the officer was kidnapped while he was waiting to board a boat at the jetty.
He further disclosed that result sheets were misplaced in the capsize of a boat transporting election staff and supplies to the southern Ijaw LGA.
The statement said, “We would like to confirm that a boat transporting election staff to registration area 17 (Koluama) in southern Ijaw LGA overturned.
Thankfully, no lives were lost as the boat operator and all 12 election workers were saved.
“We however lost our result sheets, power banks and luggage containing personal effects of staff.
“There are 5,368 registered voters overall in the impacted registration areas, and 5,311 PVCs have been collected.”INEC is working to guarantee that the elections in the impacted area are conducted properly.Additionally, according to INEC, an abduction occurred at Amassoma jetty when the SPO assigned to registration area 06 (Ossioma) in Sagbama LGA was waiting to board.
The message said, “The security agencies have been notified.”