Elections: Gunmen invade RAC center,  rob NYSC ad hoc staff


Gunmen invaded a Registration Area Centre at  Orogbum  Primary School in D/Line, Port Harcourt and robbed INEC Corps members recruited as ad hoc electoral officers of their valuable items.

A National Youth Service Corp member Falabi Nifemi on her tweet handle said the hoodlum who invaded the primary school at about 5:15 am with lethal weapons, brutalise Corp members,  took away their phones,  shoes,  bags and other items.

Rivers State Resident Electoral Commissioner,  Obo Effanga confirmed the incident.

Effanga explained that normally when elections are conducted, enough police security is usually deployed to the RAC centres on the eve of the election to secure electoral materials.

He said because of the abrupt postponement of the election the police who ought to have accompanied materials from the Central Bank of Nigeria did not return to the RAC where the incident occurred.

“Normally the evening before the election the materials would have been taken to the RAC centre from the CBN with the security personnel that accompany those materials,” Effanga said.

“They will stay in the premises all night. So that in the morning people will now go to the polling units from there.”

“It was because we were in the CBN all through the night trying sort things out before the election was now shifted that group of security people that would have gone to the RAC centre did not get back to that point”

He explained NYSC members who were robbed already knew where they were posted to and so decided to sleep over at the RAC to enable them to get to their designated polling unit. But unfortunately, the poll had to be shifted.

“We are going see what we can do to alleviate whatever they had suffered in the process.  I have asked that the do proper documentation of the incident and the people involved.  Even though the people that were affected there not all of them were officially designated to serve as Ad hoc staff” said Effanga.

When contacted earlier, the Rivers State Police command spokesperson,  Nnamdi Omoni,  said he was not aware of the incident.

Culled from Guardian

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