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Gunmen attack INEC secretariat, police division in Anambra

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Rayyan Alhassan is a graduate of Journalism and Mass Communication at Sikkim Manipal University, Ghana. He is the acting Managing Editor at the Daily Nigerian newspaper, a position he has held for the past 3 years. He can be reached via [email protected], or www.facebook.com/RayyanAlhassan, or @Rayyan88 on Twitter.
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Unknown gunmen Sunday evening attacked B Division of the Nigeria Police Divisional Station and the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, in Akwa, Anambra.

The fully armed attackers came in three Hilux trucks at about 8pm on Sunday, May 23.

An eyewitness who almost ran into the troubled area located in between the popular Ekwueme Square, Awka said the bandits shot into the air close to one hour at B Police Division before proceeding to INEC office.

The source who spoke in anonymity, said before proceeding to INEC, the gunmen drove to Aroma junction and shot in the air for about 10 minutes which made residents scamper for safety before they headed down to INEC.

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Though the source said he could not speak on causality figures, it added that there was likelihood of colossal damage at both institutions with possible killings of human beings.

“I saw flames of fire going up from the police station and INEC offices, but I cannot say whether people were killed or not because I did not go closer,” he said.

When contacted, INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner in Anambra, Nkwachukwu Orji, said he had received information on the attack in his office,  but that he could not officially comment on the matter.

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“I need to get a clear picture of what happened in my office before I can speak”, he said.

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In the same vein,  the state Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, Tochukwu Ikenga,  said he was still making contacts to get the correct situation of things around the two federal institutions in the state.

NAN

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