“We thank God there was no loss of life in the attack. There is need for adequate security to be beefed up around the area so that these INEC officials would be allowed to work and ensure hitch-free elections next.”

Confirming the incident, the Anambra State Police Public relations officer, DSP Tochukwu Ikenga, said police operatives prevented the hoodlums from abducting or causing harm to the trainees and their trainers.

Ikenga said, “Following the policing strategy put in place by the Commissioner of Police, CP Echeng Echeng, that is potent and dynamic to respond to any emergency and security concerns, especially ensuring a hitch-free 2023 elections in the state, Joint security team on Thursday, by 5:35pm successfully rescued and prevented armed men from hurting electoral officials on an assignment at Ukpor high school, Nnewi South LGA.

“The INEC staff, with some corps members, university undergraduates and some MDA officials on the training programme of Adhoc staff for the forthcoming 2023 general elections were disrupted by the armed men. No life was lost.”