Unknown gunmen, have reportedly kidnapped 19 Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) ad-hoc staff and voting materials including BVAS in their possession on Saturday.
The development was confirmed by INEC authorities in the state.
However, INEC authorities confirmed that Police operatives in the state have rescued the Ad-Hoc staff who were kidnapped.
Officials told CHANNELS. the 19 INEC Ad-Hoc staff were on their way to seven different polling units in Ugbelie ward 06 in Ideato South LGA of Imo state when they were abducted.
INEC spokesperson, Chinenye Chijioke-Osuji, said the rescued took place after a distress call and information about the incident was made to the operatives who immediately swung into action.
She added that even though they were rescued, all the election materials which include BVAS and sensitive materials were not recovered.