Elections: INEC ad-hoc staff shot in Cross River
Godwin Otang – Calabar
One female ad-hoc staff identified as Miss Glory Effiom Essien has been shot in Bakassi, Southern Cross River state, in the course of election duty on Saturday, March 18.
Effiom was reportedly hit by a gun bullet from unidentified gunmen onboard a speed boat while heading to Bakassi LGA for election duty.
An eye witness told Tribune Online that the victim was hit by a stray bullet shot by an unknown gunman suspected to be a militant along the waterway.
“The stray bullet hit her while she was in a speed boat heading towards Bakassi communities for election duty, unfortunately, she was shot by a stray bullet before she slumped.
“The ad-hoc staff called Glory Effiom Essien was shot by a suspected militant when the speed boat which was in motion was hit by gun bullets.
“The bullet hit her from behind while on her way to Bakassi for election duty and she almost became unconscious” the source narrated.
In a swift reaction to the issue, the state Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Professor Gabriel Yomere, while confirming the incident stressed that he is happy that the bullet did not affect the victim’s spinal cord.
Yomere stated that the victim is responding to medical attention given to him by the doctors at the University of Calabar Teaching Hospital (UCTH).
Yomere expressed worry about the sad development but said an ex-ray had been done on the female gunshot victim.
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