Lawrence Nwimo, Awka
Police operatives in Anambra State have foiled an attack by armed men on officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, on an assignment at Ukpor High School, Nnewi South Local Government Area, Anambra State.
The electoral officials included INEC staff, some corps members, university undergraduates and some MDA officials on the training program of ad hoc staff for the forthcoming 2023 general election.
Report obtained by Ikengaonline said the training was disrupted by the armed men but that no life was lost.
Confirming the incident, the State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Tochukwu Ikenga, said it took the efforts of Joint Security Team to rescue and prevent the hoodlums from hurting the officials.
“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 ad hoc staff for the forthcoming 2023 general election 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, please.”
The PPRO said the success of the rescue operation was the result of the policing strategy put in place by the Commissioner of Police CP Echeng Echeng, noting that the strategy is potent and dynamic to respond to any emergency and security concerns especially ensuring a hitch-free 2023 election in the state.