Ballot box, card reader snatched in Edo North

No fewer than four persons sustained injuries at Ogharra Primary School, Jattu, during the Edo State governorship election, while a ballot box and card reader were snatched at separate developments at Sabongidda Ora and Ibillo respectively.

The four persons that sustained injuries were said to have rattled some miscreants who broke into the school through the back window and attempted to snatch sensitive electoral materials.

The hoodlums were said to have chased party agents away and stabbed one of them who resisted beside his eye.

Their action, it was learnt, led to a fight which took the intervention of armed policemen and three armoured tanks to quell, while three suspects, including a woman was arrested.

At Ward five Sabongidda Ora, The Nation gathered that thugs stormed the place and snatched a ballot box as soon as accreditation and voting commenced.

They were said to have returned much later for a second attempt, but were rebuffed by policemen with two of them apprehended.

At Ibilo in Akoko Edo Local Government, miscreants snatched a dysfunctional card reader.

It was also gathered that suspected militants from Warri who entered Irua in Esan Central Local Government Area to cause mayhem were intercepted by police operatives.

Also arrested were commercial drivers who flaunted the restriction of movement order. While some of them had their vehicles impounded, others were cautioned and asked to park at a particular spot till 6pm.

Despite the skirmishes recorded in certain places, The Nation observed that the election was generally peaceful.

At the various polling units visited across the state, vote canvassers were seen luring electorates with cash gifts to vote particular parties.

Although there were arguments between party agents, the electorates resisted actions that could lead to breakdown of law and order by promptly inviting security agents.

Thenation
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