No fewer than 15 people, including some Ad-hoc Staff and official of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) were rescued to safety in Ilaje, Ondo when Boats conveying them and election materials in Ese Odo local Government of Ondo State capsized.
The boat was said to be conveying election materials and ad hoc staff of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to the riverine areas of Ilaje Local Government Area when the accident occurred.
The wooden boat was said to have encountered a strong wave and current.
Some of the ad-hoc staff were seen in videos of the incident swimming to safety or to join other boats on the mission.
Chief Press Secretary to INEC chairman, Rotimi Oyekanmi confirmed the development, promising to come out with a statement as soon as details of the incident become available.
Videos of the local divers helping ad-hoc staff to safety has gone viral on some platforms.
Oyekanmi dismissed any fears of casualties, citing earlier report that suggested all were rescued.
“I am told all our ad-Hoc staff were safely evacuated,” Oyekanmi said.