The Kogi bye-election which was held today to fill the vacant Lokoja /Kogi seat in House of Representatives, also saw two people killed for attempting to snatch ballot boxes.
Confirming the incident, spokesman of the state police command, DSP William Aya, told NAN’s correspondent that the number of people killed during the election is now two. According to him, the latest victim, identified as Yadau Umoru was killed at Ugwan Pawa polling unit, in front of Maigari palace while attempting to snatch a ballot box.
Though the corpse of the deceased has been deposited in the morgue of the Federal Medical Centre, Lokoja, it was also gathered that an unidentified man had earlier in the day been killed by a mob at the polling unit located by Abuja Electricity Distribution Company’s office in Lokoja, while also attempting to snatch a ballot box. Aya further added that the identity of the unfortunate man was unknown.
We reported earlier today that the Kogi bye-election which started peacefully with impressive turnout of voters, later became characterized by vote-buying and violence, including ballot box-snatching. It was reported that two agents of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) have been shot by political thugs. The agents were shot during the ongoing bye-election for Kogi/Koto-Karfe federal constituency, by suspected political thugs in Kogi State.
The Chief Press Secretary to the former Speaker of the Kogi State House of Assembly, Umar Ali who confirmed this, said that the names of the agents is still unknown at the time of filing the report.
Ali, whose principal is a candidate under the Social Democratic Party (SDP), told DAILY POST that the two agents have been whisked to an unknown hospital for treatment. He said they were shot inside their vehicle along Federal Medical Centre road in Lokoja.
In another report, the Peoples Democratic Party Youth Frontier also alleged that some thugs and police men wee going around disruptiong electioneering activities.