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Kogi: Two corps members, others missing as gunmen attack INEC officials

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Six persons were feared missing when gunmen attacked six Hummer buses carrying officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission in Kogi State in the early hours of Sunday.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the incident, which occurred around 2 am on March 19 at Obajana, left several officials with gunshot wounds, including policemen and drivers.

The six missing persons include two serving members of the National Youth Service Corps and four ex-corps members.

The injured persons are already on admission at the Federal Medical Centre, now Federal University Teaching Hospital, Lokoja.

Salisu Ibrahim, one of the bus drivers, who was shot in his right leg, and recuperating at the hospital, told NAN that the attackers took them by surprise.

“We were on our way back to Lokoja from Abujor RAC with the results of the House of Assembly election held there when we were attacked by some people.

“All the six buses moving in a convoy were attacked, and in the process, many of us sustained injuries.

“Thank God, none of us died in the process but I learnt some youth corps members are missing during the attack on us this early morning,” Ibrahim narrated.

NAN also gathered that the Commander, Headquarters Command Army Records, Maj-Gen. Sunday Igbinomwanhia; Kogi INEC Residential Electoral Commissioner, Hale Longpet; and the Kogi NYSC Coordinator, Mofoluwaso Williams; have visited the injured in the hospital.

The spokesman for the Kogi Police Command, SP Williams Ovye-Aya, confirmed the incident, saying that the police were on top of the situation.

“We are aware of the sad incident and preparing to issue a statement on the attack,” he said.


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