Angry mob invades INEC office in Lokoja, denies staff entry



By JOHN ONAH, Abuja –


The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Kogi State was besieged on Wednesday morning by a mob that barricaded all entrances to the office and prevented access to staff to carry out routine duties.


The Resident Electoral Commissioner in the State, Dr. Hale Gabriel Longpet, confirmed the development in a statement issued on Wednesday.


According to the REC, the siege also prevented attorneys representing political parties involved in the recent off-cycle governorship election from inspecting documents/materials used in the election.


Dr. Longpet explained that it took the intervention of the Nigerian Army to calm the situation down at the State Headquarters.

“The security agencies have assured us that they will maintain normalcy on our premises”.

“We assure all parties and litigants that the Kogi State office is committed to granting unimpeded access to all materials needed to prosecute their petitions”, he added.

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