Gunmen Attack Electoral Commissioner’s Residence in Kogi State,


In the early hours of today, Friday 1st December 2023, around 3.30am, gunmen attacked the residence of our Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in Lokoja, Kogi State. The armed men engaged in a fierce gun battle with security personnel stationed at the commissioner’s residence.

The motive behind the attack is still unclear, but sources indicate that it may be linked to the upcoming gubernatorial elections scheduled to take place in Kogi State next week. The REC, who has been overseeing the electoral process in the state, has been actively involved in ensuring a free and fair election.

Eyewitnesses reported hearing heavy gunfire and explosions as the attackers stormed the commissioner’s residence. Local law enforcement agencies swiftly responded to the incident and exchanged gunfire with the assailants. The gun battle lasted for several minutes before the attackers managed to flee the scene, leaving behind a trail of destruction.

Local residents in the vicinity were terrified by the attack, as the sound of gunfire echoed through the quiet neighborhood. Many families were forced to seek shelter indoors, fearing for their safety. The attack has sent shockwaves throughout the state, raising concerns about the security situation ahead of the upcoming elections.

Authorities have launched an investigation into the incident, vowing to bring the perpetrators to justice. The police have intensified efforts to apprehend the gunmen, deploying additional personnel to the area and setting up checkpoints across the state. The Commissioner of Police in Kogi State, Mr. James Ocholi, has assured the public that every effort is being made to ensure the safety and security of all citizens.

In a statement issued by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), the Chairman, Professor Yakubu Mahmood, condemned the attack on the REC’s residence. He emphasized the need for a peaceful electoral process and urged political actors to maintain decorum during the campaign period. Professor Mahmood also assured the public that the incident would not affect the conduct of the upcoming elections.

Political leaders across the country have expressed their outrage and concern over the attack. They have called for swift action to bring the perpetrators to justice and ensure the safety of electoral officials. The incident has sparked a national conversation about the need for enhanced security measures during election periods.

As investigations continue, the focus now shifts to the security arrangements for the upcoming gubernatorial elections in Kogi State. Authorities are expected to review and reinforce security measures to prevent any further attacks and provide a safe environment for the electorate to exercise their democratic rights.

The attack on the residence of our Electoral Commissioner in Kogi State serves as a stark reminder of the challenges faced by those responsible for organizing free and fair elections. It highlights the need for increased security measures and vigilance to safeguard the integrity of the electoral process. The incident has sent shockwaves through the nation, reiterating the importance of a safe and secure environment for democratic practices to thrive.

As the investigation unfolds, the nation awaits answers and reassurances that such incidents will not be repeated in the future. The upcoming gubernatorial elections in Kogi State will be a litmus test for the security apparatus and their ability to protect the democratic process.,
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