Gunmen have attacked a permanent voter’s card collection center in Ihitte Uboma Local Government Area of Imo State.

The attackers who wielded sophisticated assault rifles commanded the people at the centre to lie down while shooting in the air.

It was learnt that INEC Adhoc Staff were registering members of the community for the 2023 general elections when the gunmen attacked.

INEC officer in charge of the registration process was shot by the unknown gunmen.

Confirming the attack, an eyewitness, Chief Okpegbuo, said: “We had all gathered in the village square in obedience to the directive that we should come out en masse to register.

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“Not long we queued, the Gunmen came in, shot sporadically, hoarded many into a room with a threat to kill them while others scampered for safety.”

As of the time of filing this report, the gunmen were said to have killed an INEC official, while the total number of death is unclear

A viral online video showed some men and women lying on the floor while their children who were gripped with fear could be seen crying.

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One of the assailants was heard saying, “These are the stupid people we are fighting for their freedom, as you can see, they are here making votes and preparing for election.

“Today is the 14th of April, we are sending a warning to you people, we don’t want any election, no more elections, no more voter cards.”

Festus Okoye, the spokesman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), confirmed the attack in a statement on Thursday.

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