The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has announced that ad-hoc staff who went missing during the Zamfara State bye-election on Saturday have been ‘found hale and hearty’.
INEC Director, Information and Voter Education, Nick Dazan, who made the disclosure in Abuja on Monday, said that the staff were unable to retrace their steps after running for safety in the height of tensions during the bye-election.
The Commission, celebrating rescue of the staff, also commended the efforts of the Zamfara Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), security agents and others involved in the operation.
‘The Commission is exceedingly glad to report that the Administrative Secretary, Zamfara, Garba Lawal, just informed us that our ad hoc staff that went missing had been found, hale and hearty.
‘According to him, they had run for their dear lives and in the process could not retrace their way back. May Almighty God be praised for this wonderful development.
‘The REC Zamfara, the AS and the Security agencies who spent sleepless nights and worked assiduously to recover the staff equally deserve our appreciation. Kudos to them and more grease to their elbows,’ the Commission noted in the short statement.