Not less than 230 voters card were on Saturday snatched by hoodlums at the ongoing distribution of Permanent Voters Card, PVC, in Nasarawa State.
The Resident Electoral Commissioner, REC, Ahmed Makama said that 91 cards were snatched in Karu, 50 in Akwanga while another 90 were carted away in Agyaragu area of Obi Local Government.
The distribution of the PVC commenced on Friday and about 1.2 million cards are expected to be distributed till Sunday.
Mr. Makama explained that all the culprits have been apprehended and would be charged to court. He said some of the cards have been recovered and his officers, in the areas were the cards were recovered, continued with the exercise.
“We encountered voters card snatching in Agyaragu ward area of Obi where some hoodlums were so inpatient, they at a point said that they were the ones that will be distributing the PVC’s, they didn’t know our process, so they snatched cards and were arrested”.
We invited the police and those arrested have been handed over to the police for further investigation and prosecution.
“My staff were faced with another challenge in Bagaji primary school Unit in Karu local government where the people said after the first day’s work that our staff will not leave their unit with the cards.
They insisted that the cards had to be deposited in the chief’s palace and ignorantly the Chief supported them”.
Mr. Makama said for peace sake, he allowed the cards to be left in the chief’s palace after which he invited the police who retrieved the cards. He said those involved will be charged to court.
Confirming the incident, the police spokesperson, Ugochukwu Theodore, said some boys attempted to snatch PVCs and INEC materials from Sabon Kwarra unit in Agyaragu of Obi and his men arrested two of them.
“Also at Tsowon Kasuwa, in Karu area, our men arrested two persons who also attempted to snatch PVCs from the area, and the four of them had been transferred to state CID for further investigation and would soon be charged to court”.