In Anambra, INEC Staff Murdered, Dumped in a Bush by Unknown Hoodlums

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By Izunna Okafor, Awka

It was a rueful scene as the dead body of a vibrant young staff of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Anambra State, Duruocha Osita Joel was found dumped in a bush in the state.

Mr. Duruocha, who was a Principal Executive Officer II on Grade Level 10, working at INEC headquarters in Awka, Anambra State, had been declared missing on Wednesday, only for his dead body to be found along Isu-Aniocha-Urum road in Awka North Local Government Area, the following day, Thursday.



Confirming this in a statement to newsmen, the INEC National Commissioner and Chairman Information and Voter Education Committee, Festus Okoye said: “On Wednesday, 28th September 2022, the Commission’s Administrative Secretary in Anambra State, Mr. Okwuonu Jude, reported the disappearance of a staff, Mr. Duruocha Osita Joel, a Principal Executive Officer II on Grade Level 10.

“On Thursday, 29th September, the Administrative Secretary further informed the Commission that Mr. Duruocha’s dead body was found along Isu-Aniocha-Urum road in Awka North Local Government Area of Anambra State, where unknown persons dumped him.

“Other staff members of the Commission, Duruocha’s brother and the Police have evacuated the body and deposited same in the morgue. The Police and other security agencies have commenced an investigation to determine the circumstances that led to Duruocha’s disappearance and eventual death.”


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