The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC ) has confirmed that one of the ad hoc staff of the commission was killed by a stray bullet in Rivers State during the presidential and National Assembly elections.
The death of the victim, Ms. Ibisiki Amachree, was disclosed by INEC’s chairman, Prof Yakubu Mahmood during a press briefing held at the National Collation Centre in Abuja on Sunday.
Yakubu who did not give the detail of the incident simply decried it as “serious fatality in Rivers State.”
The chairman also noted that there were issues with security operatives in Lagos and Osun states during the elections while saying the commission would review the situation after the elections.
However, he added that an official of the commission had been handed over to security agents for alleged infractions in Saturday’s elections.
He also informed the gathering that the winner of the presidential election would be announced “in no distance future” although results were still being expected from some places in Abia, Bayelsa, Benue, Bayelsa and Gombe states where card readers malfunctioned.
Yakubu said, “In Imo, one of our Electoral Officers have been handed to the Police. Investigation is ongoing, but his offences have something to do with infractions in the elections held on Saturday.
“We are also awaiting reports from Imo, and some parts of Lagos, particularly Okota; and also Osun state and we have lodged a complaint with security agencies.
“We have recorded serious fatality in Rivers State and one of our ad hoc staff (Ms. Ibisiki Amachree) was killed by alleged stray bullet.
“This is not the right time for postmortem. This is not the right time to assess institutions and security agencies. We will review the situations after the elections and see how to improve on our security architecture.”
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