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Pockets of violence, ballot snatching trail Kogi, Bayelsa elections


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UNKNOWN gunmen have snatched ballot boxes at the Ajayi Crowder Memorial School, one of the biggest polling units in Lokoja the capital city of Kogi State.

Voters were seen scampering for safety and ballot papers littered everywhere.

Also, the voting exercise in polling unit 003 in Kogi West Senatorial district was disrupted by thugs who came destroying ballot boxes.

Consequently, security operatives, electoral officials and voters scamped for safety, though the polling unit is close to the office of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC).

Also, when  Channels TV crew arrived at the unit, there was no presence of security officers, voters or electoral officials

Voting process was also disrupted at Ward 01, Unit 004 in Ayetoro, Kogi State as thugs numbering ten in two Hilux vans and a Honda car invaded the polling unit, shooting into the air and targeting the ballot boxes.

Also, there were voters’ intimidation and press attack at Azuta Ward, Polling Unit 006, Kabba/Bunnu Local Government Area, Kogi State.

Scene of gun violence at Fehintolu, Lokoja Kogi State.
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Similarly,  youths suspected to hirelings of politicians were involved in a heated argument over the movement of voting materials to various polling units in Otueke, Ngbia LGA of Bayelsa State.

The incident happened at INEC’s Registration Area Centre inside Community Secondary School, Otueke at the early hours of the Saturday.

Voters, including journalists and election observers, ran for safety at the sight of the armed youth.


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