Abducted INEC official regains freedom in Bayelsa after hours in captivity

Election materials
Election materials

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says its supervisory presiding officer ((SPO), who was abducted in Sagbama LGA of Bayelsa, has regained freedom.

In a statement on Saturday, Wilfred Ifogah, head of INEC voters’ registration in the state, said the SPO is “doing fine”.

The INEC official was abducted on Friday while waiting to board a boat at Amassoma jetty as part of preparation for the governorship election in the state.

The off-cycle governorship elections were also held in Bayelsa, Imo and Kogi states.

“The Independent Electoral Commission (INEC), Bayelsa is pleased to inform stakeholders and concerned citizens of Nigeria that the INEC Supervisory Presiding Officer (SPO) earlier abducted on the eve of the election has been freed and the officer is doing fine,” the statement reads.

Ifogah said the commission appreciates all those who expressed concern and ensured the release of the INEC official.

“The commission wishes to thank all those who acted and showed concern in ensuring the safe release and return of the officer,” he added.


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