Gunmen on Thursday invaded one of the training camps of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Ukpor, Nnewi South Local Government Area of Anambra State.
The hoodlums who stormed the area around 5.35pm, disrupted ongoing training exercise ahead of the general elections.
A resident of the area who spoke in confidence said the incident left the victims, including INEC officers, corps members and students involved in the training, traumatized.
“Although no one was killed in the process, but I doubt if those affected will still agree to continue with the exercise in the area because the incident left many traumatized,” he said.
Confirming the incident, Police spokesperson, Tochukwu Ikenga said the victims were rescued by joint security team operatives who prevented the hoodlums from abducting or causing harm to them.
He said, “Following the Policing strategy put in place by the Commissioner of Police, CP Echeng Echeng that is potent and dynamic to respond to any emergency and security concerns especially ensuring a hitch-free 2023 elections in the state, Joint security team today 16/2/2023 by 5:35 pm successfully rescued and prevented armed men from hurting Electoral Officials on an assignment at Ukpor high school, Nnewi South LGA.
“The INEC staff, with some corps members, University undergraduates and some MDA officials on the training program of Adhoc staff for the forthcoming 2023 General Elections were disrupted by the armed men. No life was lost
“Joint security Patrols have been intensified in the area and efforts are still ongoing to track down the criminal elements. Further development shall be communicated.”