Mine Scare: NAF to Airlift INEC Staff, Materials to Borno 


Onyebuchi Ezigbo in Abuja

 The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has accepted  to assist the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in airlifting its personnel and materials to Bama, Chibok, Danbua, Gwoza and Kala Balge Local Government Areas in Borno State, as the nationwide Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) exercise gets underway.

The commission said the move was informed by the intelligence report in the commission’s possession which revealed that the roads leading to the five local government areas have been mined by the retreating insurgents.

Chairman of the Commission, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, who led a team of senior officials of the commission to the Defence Headquarters in Abuja, told the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, that the request is to ensure that no Nigerian is left out of the registration exercise. 

In a statement issued on Friday by INEC’s Chief Press Secretary, Rotimi Oyekanmi, the commission assured Nigerians that henceforth, citizens would be afforded the opportunity to register as voters all year round in all the 774 local government area offices nationwide.

Details later…