Kebbi State Police Command has confirmed that the Nigerian army had killed four voters in Bayan Dutse Polling Unit, Ginga Ward in the Suru Local Government of the State.
The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Nafiu Abubakar who confirmed the incident to newsmen today could not however give reason why the incident took place.
“Yes, we have received reports of the killings of four people allegedly killed by soldiers and I will give you details of the killings as soon we conclude our investigation,” he said.
Abdullahi Suru, the House of Representative-elect representing Suru federal constituency, also confirmed the deaths to journalists.
He said the incident happened around noon today as accreditation was going on in the APC-supporter area.
This was even as suspected thugs were reported to have hijacked ballot boxes and papers in Ilaje local government area of Ondo State.
According to the state Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC),, Olusegun Agbaje, the hoodlums also attacked members of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) who were deployed by the Independent National Electoral Commission as ad hoc staff for the election.
Mr. Agbaje said the thugs, who were working for a particular political party, chased away voters who were already in line to vote before descending on the INEC staff.
“The thugs came to disrupt the peaceful conduct of the election in the waterside area of the state. They unleashed terror on our ad hoc staff and stole election materials when voting was about to end,” Mr. Agbaje told SaharaReporters.
Some of the ad hoc staff were reportedly by the thugs, according to an eyewitness who resides in the area.
It was gathered that marine policemen posted to the area were overpowered by the hoodlums who ran off with the electoral materials.
The police spokesman in the state, Oluwole Ogodo, confirmed the incident. He promised to give full details at the end of the voting exercise in the state.