Kidnapped Bayelsa INEC officer regains freedom


The Independent National Electoral Commission on Saturday announced that one of its Supervisory Presiding Officers, who was abducted at the Amassoma jetty in Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of Bayelsa State, on the eve of the governorship election, has been released.


A statement signed by the Head of Department, Voter Education and Publicity, INEC office, Bayelsa State, Wilfred Ifogah, said the freed victim was doing fine.

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Ifogah said, “The Independent National Electoral Commission, Bayelsa State Office, is pleased to inform stakeholders and concerned citizens in Nigeria that the INEC SPO earlier abducted on the eve of the election has been freed and is doing fine.

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


Earlier, INEC had reported the abduction of one of its SPOs in Bayelsa State on Friday.

“INEC also reports that its SPO assigned to Registration Area – 06 (Ossiama) in Sagbama LGA was abducted while waiting to board a boat at Amassoma jetty.

“The security agencies have been notified,” the commission said.

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