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Bayelsa: Abducted INEC Official Regains Freedom



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The Supervisory Presiding Officer of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, who was abducted at the Amassoma jetty in Southern Ijaw Local Council of Bayelsa State, has regained freedom.

The release of the SPO who was kidnapped while he was trying to board a boat to his polling unit on the eve of the governorship election was disclosed by the Commission in a statement shared on INEC’s official X account on Saturday night.

According to the statement signed by the Head of Department, Voter Education and Publicity, INEC office, Bayelsa State, Wilfred Ifogah, the released SPO is strong and doing well.

The statement partly reads, “The Independent National Electoral Commission, Bayelsa State Office, is pleased to inform stakeholders and concerned citizens in Nigeria that the INEC SPO earlier abducted on the eve of the election has been freed and is doing fine.”

INEC also appreciated Nigerians for showing concern when the SPO was still in the custody of his abductors.

They further lauded security agencies for swinging into action to ensure that their official was unharmed.

Before his abduction, the INEC Official was posted to serve as SPO to Registration Area – 06 (Ossiama) in Sagbama LGA of the state.

Aside from Bayelsa, the off-cycle governorship election, which was conducted on Saturday, 11th November, 2/23 also held in Imo and Kogi states.

News About Nigeria had earlier reported that the electoral official was abducted while he was waiting to board a boat at a jetty in the Sagbama Local Government Area of the Bayelsa.