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Thugs burn election materials in Edo State

Thugs allegedly burnt electoral materials at Usagbe Primary School, Ogbido in Etsako West local government area during the State House of Assembly election. It was…

Thugs allegedly burnt electoral materials at Usagbe Primary School, Ogbido in Etsako West local government area during the State House of Assembly election.

It was gathered that the thugs, numbering over five, emerged from the bush and started shooting to scare voters away from the polling unit before burning the materials.

It was further gathered that the incident happened at ward 10, unit 6 of ogbido, closed to the country home of Adams Oshiomhole, the national chairman of All Progressives Congress.

Speaking with journalists, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC)’s ad-hoc presiding Officer in the unit, Elechi Chimenumevered, said some of their personal belongings were also burnt while they ran away with ballot papers and result sheets.

He said, “about five masked hoodlums suddenly came out from the bush and shot sporadically into the air to scare voters away.

“Some unused ballot papers were burnt by the hoodlums, including our personal belongings. At the moment I don’ have NYSC uniform as my khaki got burnt inside my bag. I was yet to put on the Khaki and other INEC apron before the incident.”

Meanwhile, the national chairman of APC, Adams Oshiomhole has decried the burning of electoral materials.

He described the incident as the handiwork of desperate politicians.