In a fatal accident, three members of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) died, while five other members of the commission were injured.
The employees were reportedly on their way to Maiduguri, the capital of Borno State, when their vehicle was involved in an accident.
Festus Okoye Esq, INEC’s National Commissioner and Chairman of the Information and Voter Education Committee, announced this on Monday, April 19, 2021.
Staff from various local government areas were travelling to Maiduguri for special training ahead of the conversion of Voting Points to Polling Units, according to Okoye.
“On Sunday, April 18th, 2021, the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) for the State, Mohammed Magaji Ibrahim, informed the Commission that an Electoral Officer (EO) and some Assistant Electoral Officers (AEOS) travelling from some Local Government Areas to Maiduguri for a special training ahead of the conversion of Voting Points into Polling Units were involved in an accident,” the statement read.
“Unfortunately, three members of the team lost their lives: Adamu Mohammed (EO, Biu LGA), Abubakar Hamma Joda, and Suleiman Umar (AEOS, Damboa LGA), while five others were injured. The deceased employees, who were Adamawa State residents, will be buried today, Monday, April 19th, 2021, in Yola.
While the injured staff members are receiving treatment at a Specialist Hospital in Maiduguri, the Commission’s Supervising National Commissioner for Borno, Adamawa, and Taraba States, AVM Ahmed Tijjani Mu’azu (rtd), will represent the Commission at their funeral.
“It will be recalled that the Commission held a nationwide train-the-trainers workshop in Abuja last week, with Heads of Operations Departments from across the Federation and the Federal Capital Territory in attendance (FCT).
“Before the fieldwork for the physical conversion of the VPS to PUs, the training will be cascaded to state levels across the country. The goal is to complete the exercise before the Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) resumes on June 28, 2021.
“Three members of staff died while on a national assignment. The Commission expresses its condolences to their families and wishes the injured staff a speedy recovery, while praying for their souls to rest in peace,” he added.
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