Gun-wielding thugs snatch ballot boxes in Ebonyi

Ballot boxes used to illustrate the story.

Gun-wielding thugs stormed some polling booths at Nwakpu market square in Onunwakpu Ikwo Local Government Area of Ebonyi State and carted away electoral materials.

The Peoples Democratic Party gubernatorial candidate, Kelechi Igwe, is from the ward.

A reporter who monitor​ed​​​ the election​,​ witnessed the incident.

The hoodlums​,​ wielding AK 47 riffles​,​ emerged from the bush and shot into the air to scare voters and officials away before snatching the materials.

No police patrol vans were seen in the area fuelling anxiety that the hoodlums may perpetrate same action at other polling units along the road.


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  • Jones

    Information reaching us is that PDP Governors of South East states planned to have the process disrupted and postponed so that they can watch the ‘expected marginal lead’ of APC from other zones before stuffing the boxes and writing figures on INEC’s result sheets. Card reader jamming devices may have been deployed in the South East and it worked together with hacking INEC’s website. It is a wonder why INEC’s result sheets that got to the SE states yesterday could not be produced today. Accreditation was deliberately delayed to have counting delayed into late evening so that ballot boxes can be snatched under the dark. Paid job.

  • Otu

    This is the best and most objective treatment of the I have read on hate speech in Nigeria – short, readable, informed, balanced. Impressive!

  • Arabakpura

    I have come to realize that Buhari is not the man needed at this time of Nigeria’s journey to “Nationhood!” He could do better by being sent to be a combatant in a remote sambisa forest enclave if Nigeria were to gain anything out of him!

  • BEN IKARI

    Truth told about individuals and ethnic groups, religions, which evidence exist of their anti-social or anti-civility acts, including activities or actions of their leaders, preachers, evangelists, imams and so forth can not become so-called hate speech culprit. If what is said about an ethnic group or people and organizations including corporations, an individual or government, especially the president or vice, ministers or director generals and attorney-general; governors and local government chairpersons alongside lawmakers (call them public officials and public figures) at all levels, is false and aims to deliberately cause disrepute and discord, threats or incitement, the story can or should be different and the unlawfully military laws if accepted by the people could or should take their course.

    If what is said about or against an ethnic group and other groups or persons is the truth, then the truth is the truth and must or shall stay the truth and as its own protector. Like the writer said unequivocally, treating every group and person with respect and fairly and serving justice across the board and honestly so should be the focus, not the criminalization of speeches that are true and speaks truth to power.

    I therefore do not care how they try to paint things. I will continue to say that Nigeria was created for the economic convenience or interest of rogue or criminal Britain or Britons and imposed on mostly unwilling precolonial ethnic nations, which were independent before the unlawful and illegal, criminal invasion. If today the colonial masters will be facing the ICC for crimes against persons, ethnic groups or nations and humanity. Thus, I will not cease to say that I am Ogoni and not a Nigerian; that Nigeria is currently colonizing Ogoni so will continue to state the crimes of colonial Nigeria against Ogoni and other oil producing communities or ethnic nations.

    I will continually declare that the current constitution used in Nigeria is a unitary one made possible by the military and unlawfully so since the administrations of government in recent years (1999 to date) have been based and running on a seemingly civil platform, thus the laws designed by military dictatorship can not be used in a civil system if the country is not sick. In addition, I shall state without reservation the fact that the only thing keeping Nigeria is oil from South-south and force, and that without oil most of the about 23 states created by military fiat for Hausa-Fulanis, Yorubas and Igbos can not survive for 6 months.

    It is of course clear that more than 90 percent of the 36 states in Nigeria are not viable. As a result they can not create revenue nor budget thus can not pay one month salaries without sharing oil money on monthly basis. I will also continue to say that because of the unfair state creation which benefit the North, especially Hausa-Fulanis, and also benefit Yorubas and Igbos the National Assembly is predominated or hijacked by these WAZOBIA’s ethnic groups. That although they claim to be major or majority ethnic groups while lying about de-emphasizing ethnicity, which they have and are still benefiting from, can not use their magnified number or population to create more for themselves rather depend parasitically and violently on oil money.

    That these groups therefore create fertile ground for national laziness (which anniversary should be remembered from this year), lack of economic and otherwise healthy competition, development and stability, peace alongside growth. Not only are the above assertions true, it is also a truism that these groups watched and encouraged the deliberate pollution of Ogoni, Ijaw land and other oil producing nations then harassing and killing the people when they complain and demand justice. What is also true is that Nigeria will not change and work for every ethnic group unless oil dries off or it is no longer profitable. Sadly, at such point the country will be in hottest mess since it has nothing to turn to. The current oil producing ethnic nations will seek pity then and shall be shamed for allowing these three ethnic groups, which dominate, control and are mismanaging the country to continue using military laws to expropriate their oil wealth then share peanuts to them like a colonial or slave master.

    Finally, I will say it louder that, for allowing and supporting Nigeria, which Hausa-Fulanis claimed they were born to rule to deny them self-determination via true fiscal federalism that brings resource generation, ownership and control or management as operated in USA and other true federations, the oil communities will be sorry when oil runs dry or no longer profitable likely due to global transformation from fossil fuel usage to different forms of renewable energies. And that greed, political and white color criminality, corruption and violence will not reduce or stop except oil producing communities stop all flow of oil and renegotiate a new deal that should allow every group or region think, create, generate revenue and pay taxes to the central government which should then be creative and also generate its revenue, assist states and local councils when necessary and not control everything including oil wells at the back of someone else building or under the grave of family members then share the oil in blocs to mostly Hausa-Fulanis who have no oil in their land nor does most of them know the road to where the oil wells in their names are located.

    These are facts…the whole truth and nothing but the truth, and no one, no law or president, National Assembly has any right to criminalize the truth by calling truth HATE SPEECH, especially because the bitter truth touches on their greed, incompetence, violence and ethnic domination, and chauvinism.