Members of staff of the Independent National Electoral Commission deployed to distribute electoral materials at Sagbama local government area of Bayelsa state were reportedly being held hostage.
According to Oluwole Osaze-Uzzi, INEC’s director of voter education and publicity who spoke on a live programme on the Nigerian
Television Authority, they were confronted by some gunmen and they had to take refuge at the local government headquarters.
He disclosed that another team was held hostage on Saturday morning as they made to distribute materials.
“We are asking that a gunboat be sent to the place immediately. If necessary, they will have to be evacuated and brought back to Abuja ,” Osaze-Uzzi said.
The INEC spokesperson noted that security agents had been contacted to help rescue the electoral officials.