From Austine Tule, Makurdi
The Resident Electoral Officer (REC) in Benue, Dr Nentawe Yilwatda has disclosed that INEC staff were attacked at about 8:30pm on Saturday.
This was contained in a statement signed by Yikwatda and issued to newsmen on Sunday in Makurdi.
”At about 8:30pm this evening an attack was launched on a convoy of INEC personnel returning to Makurdi Collation Centre from Gboko LGA after the close of the Governorship and State Assembly Supplementary polls by unknown gunmen.
”In the cause of the attack on the convoy including INEC permanent and ad hoc staff as well as security agencies at Tarka LGA.
”Prof. Comfort Tuleun, the Gboko LGA Collation Officer for the governorship election was hit by bullets and she is currently receiving treatment.
”The wounded collation officer is from the Federal University of Agriculture, Makurdi (FUAM)
”INEC regrets this unfortunate incident and calls on security agencies to work tirelessly to apprehend these miscreants and bring them to judgment.
”Meanwhile, as a result of this incident, the commission has no choice but to appoint in her stead, Dr Joseph Mom of FUAM.
”The commission will like to assure the general public that security measures have been put in place to ensure that the supplementary polls in the state are concluded for the winner to be announced as quickly as possible,” he said.