An ad hoc staff member of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Cross River state has been reportedly abducted by unknown gunmen.
The unidentified electoral official was abducted while conveying election materials for the rerun in Abi constituency on Saturday.
The abduction was confirmed by Mohammed Lecky, commissioner in charge of south-south, adding that the victim was the state’s presiding officer (SPO) for the poll.
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He told newsmen that the victim was waylaid alongside his colleagues while conveying the materials through a river leading to the community.
Lecky added also that while the others including members of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) have been released, the SPO is still being held, and the materials yet to be returned.
According to him, the security operatives accompanying the INEC team avoided a confrontation with the gunmen to avoid casualties.