The Nigeria Popular Newspaper Vanguard gathered the reported that An INEC officer has been Killed by an unknown Gunmen when the Officer was returning in Benue State. This information was given by an Eyes Witness.
According to the witness,
“we had finished the collation of the results in Gboko and the Returning Officer had declared the result in favour of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.”
“We were on our way back to Makurdi from Gboko with a retinue of security personnel in a convoy of other cars conveying security personnel to submit the results, when shorting after passing through Annunne in Tarka LGA and approaching Abinse in Guma LGA we saw some unusual movement of young men in the area.
“Shortly after we heard a gunshot which unfortunately hit the vehicle conveying the Returning Officer and some other officials of the Commission. It as at that point that she screamed that she has been shot.
“Sensing danger we continued with the journey but managed to ensure that she did not lose blood. Luckily we did not lose her, we got to Makurdi with her and she was still stable before we took her to the Benue State University Teaching Hospital, BSUTH, were she was immediately admitted for an emergency surgery.
“We successfully brought the results to the INEC head officer in Makurdi and as we speak the INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner, REC, for Benue state, Dr. Nentawe Yilwatda has gone to see her in the hospital.”
Efforts to speak to the Benue state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Umar Muri was unsuccessful and at the the time of this report the Command was yet to make an official statement on the matter.