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AN UNDERGRADUATE from the Kogi State University identified as Daniel Usman, has allegedly been shot dead in Kogi state, during the Presidential and National Assembly polls in Ajetachi, Dekina Local Government Area (LGA), Anyigba, Kogi State.

Detail of the incident still remains sketchy as at the time of this report but, based on information shared by the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), the killing occurred at the early hours of the day.

Colleague to the deceased identified as Chris Nzube, however did a tribute expressing his deep grief regarding the unpleasant incident.

He painted the scenario surrounding his death and how much the late Usman would be missed by friends, family and loved ones.

In Unit 1, Ward 8, Itu LGA, Ikot Ekang, Akwa Ibom armed men reportedly hijacked voting materials and abducted officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), as well as the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) ad hoc staffs.

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Aside, there are other cases of voting disruption in selected parts of Lagos and Osun State.

The ICIR gathered that hoodlums in Okota, Baba Ewe Polling Unit 023 attempted to influence voters to vote against their preferred candidates in Isolo, Lagos.

The hoodlums suspected to be members of the All Progressive Congress (APC) eventually disrupted the election process. Election materials were also burnt at the affected polling centre.

 

According to an eye witness, identified as (jason1praise) Jason Praise, security operatives had earlier dispersed the thugs when they first visited, only to return with more members.     

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A similar incident occurred at Ward 9, Unit 1 and 2, Iba Village in Ifelodun LGA, Osun Central, Osun State.

The voting disruption happened around 11 am while the security operatives were accused of being absent at the PU.

However, Venerable Ojewande, INEC State Director of Voters Education, in his reaction disclosed that the commission is on top of the situation.

Police authorities are yet to release official statements on the incidents.

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