Latest report indicate about 40 adhoc staff of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) have been held hostage in Bayelsa as suspected militants hijack election materials.
According to TheCable ,One of the victims said the suspected militants attacked the electoral officials who were conveying materials to riverine communities through boats.
She said the suspects hijacked electoral materials in most parts of the area and abducted the party agents in all the boats they raided.
The election could not hold in the area on Saturday as a result of violence between supporters of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the All Progressives Congress (APC). Though the police denied the incident, residents, INEC staff and electoral observers who witnessed it confirmed that the party supporters engaged in a gun duel that lasted hours.
Explaining that her team had its unfair share of the unfortunate incident around 3:20pm, the victim said officials of the joint task force came to their rescue after several hours but that they had to spend the night in the creek because they regained freedom very late in the day. “I have really suffered and I blame myself for risking my life over how much,” she said.