3 INEC staff die in road accident, 5 sustain injuries

Three members of the Independent National Electoral Commission,INEC have been killed by a road accident. A statement by the Commission said five sustained injuries. The accident occurred while the commission’s staff were on their way to Maiduguri for a training programme.

National Commissioner & Chairman, and Voter , Mr Festus confirmed the in a statement on Monday.

said, “On Sunday 18th April 2021, the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) for the State, Mohammed Magaji Ibrahim informed the Commission that an Electoral Officer (EO) and some Assistant Electoral Officers (AEOs) travelling some Local Government Areas to Maiduguri for a special training ahead of the conversion of Voting Points into Polling Units were involved in the accident.

“Unfortunately, three staff: Adamu Mohammed (EO, Biu LGA), Abubakar Hamma Joda and Suleiman Umar (AEOs, Damboa LGA) lost their lives while five sustained injuries. The deceased staff, who were indigenes of State, will be buried today, Monday 19th April 2021, in Yola.

“The Supervising National Commissioner for Borno, and Taraba States, AVM Ahmed Tijjani Mu’azu (rtd), will represent the Commission at their funeral while the injured staff members are receiving treatment in a Specialist Hospital in Maiduguri.”

It will be recalled that last week, the Commission commenced nationwide train-the-trainers workshop involving Heads of Operations Departments drawn all the States of the Federation and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT). The training to be cascaded to State level nationwide ahead of the fieldwork for the physical conversion of the VPs to PUs. The aim` to conclude the exercise ahead of the resumption of the Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) on 28th June 2021.

“The three staff died in the course of national assignment,” noted, adding, “While praying for the repose of their souls, the Commission extends its condolence to their families and wishes the injured staff speedy recovery.”