There was tension in Ukpor High School, a training center being used by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to train its officials ahead of the 2023 general elections as some gunmen attacked it.
Confirming the development, the Police Public Relations Officer For the Command, Tochukwu Ikenga, in a statement he made available to press men in Awka, said the hoodlums invaded the school located in the Nnewi South Local Government Area of Anambra State and disrupted the activities of the electoral umpires, trainers and trainees.
The reason for the attack, he said, was still unknown, but disclosed that no life was lost during the attack.
The statement reads in part, “The INEC staff, with some corps members, university undergraduates and some MDA officials on the training programme for Adhoc staff for the forthcoming 2023 General Elections were disrupted by the armed men.
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“No life was lost, as [the] joint security team successfully rescued and prevented the armed men from hurting the electoral officials on an assignment at Ukpor High School, Nnewi South LGA.
“Joint security patrols have been intensified in the area and efforts are still ongoing to track down the criminal elements.”
Ikenga assured the public the policing strategy adopted by the Anambra State Commissioner of Police, Echeng Echeng, is potent and dynamic and can respond to any emergency and security concerns, and will ensure a hitch-free 2023 election in the
Additionally, a source expressed concerns over the February 25 election and called on the police to be on top of their game.
The source said, “We thank God there was no loss of life in the attack. There is need for adequate security to be beefed up around the area so that these INEC officials would be allowed to work and ensure hitch-free elections next.”