Kogi REC Excapes Death As Gunmen Attack Residence

INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu
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Gunmen have attacked the residence of the Resident Electoral Commissioner, REC, of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, in Lokoja, the Kogi state capital.

Chief Press Secretary to the INEC Chairman, Mr Rotimi Oyekanmi, disclosed this in a statement Friday in Abuja.

He said the REC, Dr Hale Longpet, was hale and hearty as the security personnel attached to him were able to hold off the attackers before reinforcement.

Oyekanmi wrote: “In the early hours of today, Friday 1st December 2023, around 3.30am, gunmen attacked the residence of our Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in Lokoja, Kogi State.

“The armed men engaged the security personnel in a gun battle for over 30 minutes until reinforcement arrived.

“While no lives were lost, property was destroyed in the ensuing gun battle. A team of combined security personnel have been deployed to protect the residence.This incident occurred a day after a mob besieged our state office.

“We call for a thorough investigation and enhanced security protection for our personnel and assets in Kogi State”.

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