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Rivers: I’m lucky to be alive – Collation officer narrates how he escapes death

– The collation officer from Amaechi’s home LGA speaks about the Rivers election

– The official stated that he narrowly escaped death on March 19

Polling unit in Rivers state

Polling unit in Rivers state

One of the officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Allwell Egeonu has said that he narrowly escaped death during the rerun election on March 19 in Rivers state.

In the interview to Premium Times, the collation officer, said the attack commenced at about 7:30 P.M. when collation was about to start in Isiokpo, headquarters of Ikwerre LGA.

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He said: “I’m a lecturer at the university of Port Harcourt. My name was nominated for INEC election. I didn’t know who actually sent my name. I am not a card carrier of any political party.

“I just went there to do my job. But we had finished at Ikwerre local government only to find out that by Saturday, around 7:30 (P.M) we went for the collation at Isiokpo Local Government (headquarters).

“Incidentally, we were lucky to have returned alive. The sporadic shooting that commenced… it took over 30 minutes shooting and we were all led out. We managed to be rescued by the security agents.

“In the process of running for dear life, we left all our materials. I am a collating officer. I had nothing. I collated nothing.

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“So, I felt… and this morning I informed the EO (Electoral Officer) of Ikwere LGA of about our situation. That’s my observation.”

The former governor of Rivers state Rotimi Amaechi was born in Ubima, Ikwerre local government area of Rivers state.

He is now the minister of transportation in Muhammadu Buhari’s government.

INEC has declared Rivers rerun inconclusive and suspended all the results in all constituencies in the state.

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