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INEC confirms abduction of four staff, postpones elections in Benue

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Nigeria’s electoral body, Independent National Electoral Commission, has confirmed the abduction of four Ad Hoc staff in Mange II, Tarka Local Government Area, in Benue State.

“In Manger ll ward, Tarka LGA, they attacked the unit while the Ad hoc workers with the materials were in a bus being conveyed to the polls before 8:00 am, 4 Ad Hoc staff had been taken hostage along with the election materials,” said Nentawe Yilwatda, the commission’s Residential Electoral Commissioner in the state.

He also disclosed that the state’s governorship and House Assembly poll has been rescheduled in four polling units due to attacks from groups of armed men, which dispersed and destroyed election materials.

He listed Mbalon ward in Gwer East, Yandev North ward in Gboko and Manger ll ward in Tarka local government areas of the state as the affected areas.

“Mbalon council ward in Gwer East local government area, a group of armed men attacked the ward around 4:00 am, dispersed the Ad Hoc staff and destroyed every election materials in the ward,” said

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“In Yandev North ward in Gboko LGA, at about 7 am, a group of armed men attacked and dispersed our Ad-Hoc staff, but no election material was touched.”

“According to section 47 of the regulation and guideline for the general election, elections would be rescheduled.”

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