Gunmen attacked officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission at about 2.30pm on Wednesday 13th July 2023, during the Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) exercise in Community Primary School Umuopu in Umuozzi Ward 19 of Igboeze North Local Government Area of Enugu State.
The Administrative Secretary in Enugu State, Mr. Jude Okwuonu said this in a press statement on Thursday.
The gunmen fired sporadically into the air to disperse registrants and registration officials. In the ensuing stampede, one of our staff sustained injuries and is receiving treatment in a hospital.
However, two voter registration machines and personal items of the staff such as mobile phones were lost.
Consequently, Ward level registration of voters in Igboeze North is hereby suspended.
It will be recalled that on 3rd July 2022, our office in Ogboeze North Local Government Area was burnt down by unknown arsonists. In spite of the attack, the Commission was able to continue with Ward level registration with the assistance of vigilantes provided by the Local Government authority. It is one of the centres that has now been attacked.
The incident has been reported to the Police for investigation.