Unknown gunmen attacked Ukpor High School, the venue of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) training in Nnewi South Local Government Area, Anambra State on Thursday, February 16, 2023.
According to the reports, the gunmen damage the training activities ahead of the 2023 general elections.
A source in the community said the incident which occurred around 5:35pm, left the students, NYSC corps members, and others participating in the training perplexed.
“I doubt if those people will still agree to work for INEC in that area. But we thank God that no one was killed in the process. The incident left me traumatized. We are not sure these people will allow us to work next week,” the source said.
DSP Tochukwu Ikenga, the Anambra state Police Public relations officer who confirmed the report, stated that the operatives prevented the invaders from abducting or causing harm to the trainees and their trainers.
“Following the policing strategy put in place by the Commissioner of Police, CP Echeng Echeng, that is potent and dynamic to respond to any emergency and security concerns especially ensuring a hitch-free 2023 elections in the state, a joint security team today 16/2/2023 by 5:35 pm successfully rescued and prevented armed men from hurting electoral officials on an assignment at Ukpor high school, Nnewi South LGA.
“The INEC staff, with some corps members, university undergraduates, and some MDA officials on the training program of Adhoc staff for the forthcoming 2023 general elections were disrupted by the armed men. No life was lost.
“Joint security patrols have been intensified in the area and efforts are still ongoing to track down the criminal elements. Further development shall be communicated, please,” he said.