Abducted INEC Officials Regain Freedom – Official
The Independent National Electoral Commision (INEC) in Bayelsa announced its officials, who were abducted at the Brass Local Government Area (LGA) Collation Centre since Saturday, have regained their freedom.
The electoral body had in its social media handle Twitter X expressed concern over the safety of its staff deployed to Brass LGA for the November 11 Governorship Election in Bayelsa.
INEC noted that the abduction of its personnel in two incidents adversely affected the credibility of the electoral process.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Yenagoa reported that the officials regained their freedom on Monday.
The Head of Voter Education and Publicity at INEC State Office in Bayelsa, Mr Wilfred Ifogah, confirmed the release of the officials.
Ifogah, however, said he had no details about the number of the officials and how their release was secured.
Similarly, the Spokesman for the state Police Command, CSP Asinim Butswat, also confirmed the report to NAN.
Butswat affirmed that the results for Brass was brought to Yenagoa and delivered to the State Collation Centre on Sunday.
He revealed that sustained pressure from police led to the unconditional release of the officials.
He also spoke on the various arrests that were made in connection with sundry electoral offenses but said that the figure was still being compiled.
INEC had earlier on Sunday confirmed the release of its Supervisory Presiding Officer in Sagbama LGA, who was abducted on Friday, November 10.