According to reports, eighteen members of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), who served as ad hoc staff for the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Akwa Ibom state, were allegedly abducted during the presidential and the National Assembly elections.
This was made known by the Akwa Ibom Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Mike Igini at a press briefing in the state. He said they were abducted in various parts of the state.
However, some of the corps members have been released after the intervention of security operatives.
Kufre Etuk, a lecturer at the University of Uyo (UNIUYO), was also molested by attackers in Uruan LGA, and had to spend the night in the bush after he escaped.
“In view of all negative reports of violence, fraudulent and forceful results, abductions of poll staff, ballot box snatching among others, due and diligent attention must be given to the filling of Form 4Og series.
“This means that constantly, EOs must insist on taking all field reports made and captured by the Commission Electoral Operations Support Center (EOSC) of snatched results sheets and ballot.
“No results can emanate from polling units, wards and LGAs where there had been previous reports of serious violent attacks of poll officials many of whom are still being rescued, particularly corps members and snatching of results and ballot papers taken to unknown places,” the REC stated.
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