By Vincent Ujumadu
AWKAâ€”RESIDENTS of Awka, the Anambra State capital witnessed a surprise development yesterday, when a human coffin was found at the gate of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, headquarters in the state capital.
Security operatives and political party agents, who passed the night at INEC office guarding the electionÂ materials, which arrived Awka from Enugu on Wednesday, expressed shock at the development, though nobody or group has claimed responsibility for the action.
The said coffin had already been removed before reporters got to INEC office.
According to the Resident Electoral Commissioner, Mr. Josiah Uwazuruonye, a detachment of heavily armed policemen took away the coffin on invitation.
â€œThe people that dumped the coffin did so to stop us from carrying out our duties dispassionately and whatever intention they have will go back to the sponsors. What we have come to do is good and it is to the glory of God and service to humanity. Those who did this will not succeedÂ because we are determined to ensureÂ a free and fair process in this election.
â€œHowever, the coffin has been removed by the police and because the gate area was not well illuminated, the security men could not identify those who dropped the coffin,â€Â he said.
Uwazuruonye also told reporters that three more Resident Electoral Commissioners have reported to Awka for the purposes of conducting the governorship election this Saturday.
He explained that Chief Ayo Dada, Resident Electoral Commissioner in Ondo would supervise Anambra North Senatorial zone, Bello Ilela of Gombe State is to supervise Anambra Central Senatorial zone, while Isiaku Magoro from Kaduna State is to supervise Anambra South senatorial zone.