Few hours before the commencement of the presidential and national assembly elections, suspected hoodlums have attacked ad hoc staff of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
It was learnt that the ad hoc staff were camped at Tudunwada Primary School in the Gombe metropolis.
According to report, the attackers took away no fewer than three phones, backpacks and power banks.
However, three persons have been rushed to the hospital having sustained machete cuts, while others are nursing varying injuries.
An eyewitness who confirmed the attack on condition of anonymity said the hoodlums made away with the phones of some of his colleagues who were trained to conduct the presidential and national assembly elections.
He disclosed that many of them were injured following the attack while trying to flee for safety.
He added, “The police and the school guard were nowhere to be found. They went with phones belonging to my colleagues. I sustained injuries while trying to escape.”
The eyewitness who condemned the slow response of security operatives said, “An attack that took place at about 11 pm, not until they (hoodlums) left that police came to ensure order.”
The incident was confirmed by the spokesperson of the state police command, Mahid Abubakar.
Abubakar said, “I was just called now and I’m going there now. Maybe afterwards the big men (Authorities), will state what happened.”