Thugs set ablaze primary school containing electoral materials in Benue

As at 9:00am, accreditation and voting has already commenced simultaneously in 15 PUs in 5 of the wards visited in Ejigbo town, Ejigbo LGA. Asides minor scuffles by voters that cued of in long lines, the process has been hitchfree so far. The cubicles were placed sideways so that to ensure voter secrecy as INEC promised. Earlier signs of rain has reduced as the weather starts getting clearer. There were delays due to hitches caused by some malfunctioning card readers in ward 1, unit 5 at Bada Sakasaka. There was a bit of exchange of words between voters cueing up at Ward 1, unit 1 in Ejigbo town hall, directly opposite the central Mosque. The total number of registered voters there is 739. Voting continued normally at all units in Ward 2: unit 4 in Ogbabijo area; unit 10 a and b, DC primary school, Iwo road; unit 5 in Elejigbo has 540 registered voters while Unit 6 in Aromadu area boasts of 714 and unit 13 in Aluokoso a shy less with 451 registers voters. Ward 3: unit 1 in Beulah Baptist School is with the highest number of registered voters so far, 1,053. However, there was no hitches. Ward5: As at 9:20am, there was increased presence of security personnel at some units in ward 5. While unit 3 in Akinde/Asaru road appear normal, irregular movement and accosting of voters by party agents was noticed at unit 4 directly opposite Ayegbogbo primary health Centre in Ejigbo town.
As are 9:00am, accreditation and voting has already commenced simultaneously in 15 PUs in 5 of the wards visited in Ejigbo town, Ejigbo LGA. Asides minor scuffles by voters that cued of in long lines, the process has been hitchfree so far. The cubicles were placed sideways so that to ensure voter secrecy as INEC promised. Earlier signs of rain has reduced as the weather starts getting clearer. There were delays due to hitches caused by some malfunctioning card readers in ward 1, unit 5 at Bada Sakasaka. There was a bit of exchange of words between voters cueing up at Ward 1, unit 1 in Ejigbo town hall, directly opposite the central Mosque. The total number of registered voters there is 739. Voting continued normally at all units in Ward 2: unit 4 in Ogbabijo area; unit 10 a and b, DC primary school, Iwo road; unit 5 in Elejigbo has 540 registered voters while Unit 6 in Aromadu area boasts of 714 and unit 13 in Aluokoso a shy less with 451 registers voters. Ward 3: unit 1 in Beulah Baptist School is with the highest number of registered voters so far, 1,053. However, there was no hitches. As at 9:00am, accreditation and voting has already commenced simultaneously in 15 PUs in 5 of the wards visited in Ejigbo town, Ejigbo LGA. Asides minor scuffles by voters that cued of in long lines, the process has been hitchfree so far. The cubicles were placed sideways so that to ensure voter secrecy as INEC promised. Earlier signs of rain has reduced as the weather starts getting clearer. There were delays due to hitches caused by some malfunctioning card readers in ward 1, unit 5 at Bada Sakasaka. There was a bit of exchange of words between voters cueing up at Ward 1, unit 1 in Ejigbo town hall, directly opposite the central Mosque. The total number of registered voters there is 739. Voting continued normally at all units in Ward 2: unit 4 in Ogbabijo area; unit 10 a and b, DC primary school, Iwo road; unit 5 in Elejigbo has 540 registered voters while Unit 6 in Aromadu area boasts of 714 and unit 13 in Aluokoso a shy less with 451 registers voters. Ward 3: unit 1 in Beulah Baptist School is with the highest number of registered voters so far, 1,053. However, there was no hitches. Ward5: As at 9:20am, there was increased presence of security personnel at some units in ward 5. While unit 3 in Akinde/Asaru road appear normal, irregular movement and accosting of voters by party agents was noticed at unit 4 directly opposite Ayegbogbo primary health Centre in Ejigbo town.

All electoral materials for Mbalom ward in Gwer East Local Government Area of Benue were in the early hours of Saturday burnt by armed hoodlums.

According to a witness, the hoodlums on arrival fired shots in the air before setting on fire the RCM Primary School Aya, housing the materials.

Ngunan Yongo, the Electoral Officer for the local government area, confirmed the incident to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in a telephone conversation.

The EO said the materials were yet to be distributed to polling units in the ward when the attack occurred.

”The entire materials are burnt,” she lamented.

However, no official of the commission including ad hoc staff was hurt.

She explained that final decision over the conduct of the elections in the area would be communicated later.

Thaddeus Ujah, a senior staff of the commission, also confirmed the early morning attack.

“Right now I can’t say anything, I am overwhelmed; we were not expecting anything of that nature. I am short of words. I can’t see some of my people; they ran into the bush; some of them got injured. For me, the most important thing to me now is to get those people and take them back”.

Mr Ujah said he was posted newly in the area and could not ascertain the exact number of ad hoc staff that was missing until he takes a roll call. (NAN)

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