INEC confirms death of 3 staff in Borno accident

The Independent National Electoral (INEC) has confirmed the death of three of its staff in a road accident in Borno.

The INEC National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, Mr Festus Okoye, made the confirmation in a statement issued on Monday in .

Okoye said that the on Sunday received a sad report from Mohammed Ibrahim, the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) for the State, of a fatal road accident involving a number of its members of staff serving in the State.

He said that Ibrahim informed the that an Electoral Officer (EO) and some Assistant Electoral Officers (AEOs) travelling from some Local Government Areas to Maiduguri for a training ahead of the conversion of Voting Points Polling Units were involved in the accident.

According to him, the three members of staff that lost their are: Adamu Mohammed (EO, Biu LGA), Abubakar Joda and Suleiman Umar (AEOs, Damboa LGA), while five others sustained injuries.

“The deceased staff, who were indigenes of Adamawa State, will buried today, Monday, April 19 in Yola.

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

He noted that the three staff died in the course of national assignment.

“While praying for the repose of their souls, the Commission extends its condolence to their families and wishes the injured staff speedy recovery.’’

Okoye recalled that last , INEC train-the-trainer workshop in involving heads of operations drawn from all the states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

The training is to cascaded to State level ahead of the fieldwork for the physical conversion of the voting points to polling units.

The aim is to conclude the exercise ahead of the resumption of the Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) on June 28. (NAN)