Prompt intervention of combined security forces, including the police and operatives of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) has saved the lives of two National Youths Service Corps (NYSC) members working as ad-hoc staff for the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Anambra State after they were abducted by some political hoodlums at their polling units during yesterday’s governorship and state house of assembly polls.
The two corps members, who functioned as polling officers at polling units 006 and 007 at Afor-Agu market, Mbaukwu community, Awka-South local, were whisked away by some political thugs who stormed their polling units.
Sources at the polling centre told LEADERSHIP Sunday that voting had stopped at the centre and the INEC staff were entering scores garnered by the various political parties when the hoodlums stormed the polling units, and ordered the INEC staff to alter scores they were entering into the result sheet, and that because the INEC staff refused, they bundled them into their vehicle, after snatching the result sheet they were holding, and drove away with them.
When asked to narrate what happened after the security operatives rescued them, one of the female victims, who had bruises on her lips and face, said she was still in trauma and could not speak.
Special adviser to the state governor, chief Willie Obiano, on Traditional Medicine, Dr Onyeka Ibezim, accused opponents of the ruling party in the state, the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), of being behind the violent act.
He said that they wanted to alter the scores because APGA won, not only in the two polling units, but in most of the polling units in the area.
He, however, said that they had failed in their criminal attempts as according to him, “our party agents had been given copies of the results at the polling units before the thugs came.”
“Even though we could not arrest them because they ran away, we know them and we are going to make reports to the appropriate quarters.”
When contacted, spokesman of the state police command, Mr Mohammed Haruna, said he would get back to this reporter after getting details of the incident from their policemen in the area.
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