6 missing as gunmen attack INEC officials in Kogi –

Six people are said to be missing after unidentified gunmen allegedly attacked six Humvee buses carrying INEC officers in Corgi early Sunday morning.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reported on Sunday that the incident occurred around 2:00 am on March 19 in Abajana, resulting in gunshot wounds to several officials, including the police officer and the driver.

The six missing persons include two active duty NYSC Corps members and four former Corps members.

The injured have been hospitalized at the Federal Medical Center (FMC), now the Lokoya Federal University Teaching Hospital.

Mr Salisu Ibrahim, a bus driver who was shot in the right leg and is recovering in hospital, told NAN they were caught off guard by the attackers.

“We were on our way back to Lokoja from the RAC in Abuja, where the results of the House elections were held, when we were attacked by some people.

“All six buses in the convoy were attacked and many of us were injured in the process.

“Thank God none of us lost their lives in the process, but I understand that some soldiers were missing during the attack on us early this morning,” Ibrahim recounted.

Mr Dare Owofadaju, a youth member who was shot in the left thigh, said: “Given how and how the gunmen attacked us, only God kept us alive.”

Owofadaju said that the election was held peacefully and the counting of votes had been completed and “we were attacked in Abajana on our way back to Lokoja”.

“Thank God, some security personnel rescued us and sent those of us injured to Lokoja Federal University Teaching Hospital for immediate treatment,” he said.

NAN also collects Commander, Headquarters Command Army Records (CAR), Major General. Sunday Igbinomwanhia, Kogi INEC REC, Dr Hale Longpet and Kogi NYSC Coordinator Mrs Mofoluwaso Williams visited the wounded at the hospital.

REC and NYSC state coordinators declined to respond to NAN’s inquiries about the incident.

But Koji Police Command spokesman SP Williams Ovye-Aya confirmed the incident, saying police had the situation.

“We are aware of this tragic incident and are prepared to issue a statement regarding the attack,” he said.

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