Rivers rerun: Thugs cut off INEC official’s hand

Chidi Samuel || Violence reared its ugly head once again in the rescheduled Rivers State rerun election as armed gunmen believed to be political thugs abducted two officials Independent National Electoral Commissioner (INEC) at ward 14 in Etche local government area (LGA) of the state.

Unconfirmed reports said that the gunmen chopped the hand of one of the Independent National Electoral Commission’s officers in Igbo-Etche area of Etche Local Government Area.

Eyewitness account said that the victim who is yet to be identified was taken to the INEC headquarters in Port Harcourt drenched in his blood.

The second officer has not been rescued as at press time.

Both the police and INEC are yet to confirm the attack.


INEC has not been able to conclude election in Rivers State because of violence by political thugs. In the last rerun earlier in the state, many people were killed, including a senior police officer, who was beheaded.