Just IN : Gunmen burn electoral materials in Benue, INEC officials run into the bush

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.
Mrs Ngunan Yongo, the Electoral Officer for the local
government area, confirmed the incident in a telephone
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 were hurt.
She explained that final decision over the conduct of the
elections in the area would be communicated later.
Mr 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”.
Ujah said he was posted newly in the area and could not
ascertain the exact number of ad hoc staff that were
missing until he takes a roll call.

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