Five months after the 2019 general elections, no fewer than 35 National Youth Service Corps members and other ad hoc workers, who were killed or injured in the process, have yet to get their insurance benefits.
The Independent National Electoral Commission confirmed this figure to our correspondent on Wednesday, adding that eight of the 35 ad hoc workers died during the 2019 general elections, while 27 sustained injuries from accidents or attacks by hoodlums
Our correspondent can confirm that two of the deceased
were corps members, while three others were among the injured.
Recall that about 300,000 corps members participated in the last general elections. Some of them reportedly died or sustained serious injuries during waves of election violence recorded in parts of Ondo, Rivers and a few other states.
In Ondo, a corps member named Ibrahim Okanlawon, who was deployed as an INEC ad hoc worker during the elections, allegedly died in a boat mishap on Saturday, March 10, 2019, while returning with election results.
Okanlawon, who was deployed for the House of Assembly elections, had served in Arogbo Ward II in the Ese Odo Local Government Area of the state, before the accident occurred.
Another corps member, Ibisaki Amachree, was killed during the February 23, 2019, Presidential Election in Rivers State.
Also in Anambra State, the NYSC had confirmed that there was an attack on corps members on election duty at the Obosi Collation Centre in Idemili North Local Government Area.
Unknown gunmen had attacked the centre on Sunday, February 25, 2019, after the Presidential and National Assembly elections and injured the corps members, one of them identified as Benita Sunday.
The electoral commission, in an exclusive interview with our correspondent on Wednesday, said all the 35 cases and insurance claims were being processed by the insurance company engaged by INEC to provide cover for its ad-hoc staff.
The Chief Press Secretary to the Chairman of INEC, Rotimi Oyekanmi, stated this, adding that the commission was working with the insurance company to finalise all the cases as soon as possible.