Saturday, 23 February 2019



#NIGERIADECIDES2019: VIOLENCE IN OKOTA, LAGOS AS HOODLUMS SET BALLOT BOXES ON FIRE

Reports have it that hoodlums have set ballot boxes on fire at Okota area in Lagos after they were unable to force voters to vote for their preferred candidate.

Some ballot boxes at Polling Unit 18 located at junction of Ohafia/Ago Palace Way, Okota in Oshodi/Isolo LGA of Lagos State have been set on fire.
The thugs who committed the arson also attempted to force voters to thumbprint for a particular candidate, reports say.
TonyGists correspondent who witnessed the incident reports that the Polling Unit 23 located on Baba-Ewe Street/Ago Place Way was also affected by the fire.
INEC ad hoc staff at the polling units as well as voters who came out to cast their votes ran away from the polling centres for safety.
A team of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad of the Lagos State Police Command have arrived at the scene to apprehend suspects.
As at the time of this report, the INEC ad hoc staff and voters had yet to return to the units.
Also, at Polling Units, 035 and 036 located at Adeneken Street/Alhaji Olusesi Street Junction and Adeneken Street/Olusesi, Ago Palace Way, Lagos, respectively, a group of young men in tricycle and motorcycle disrupted the exercise by attempting to force voters to vote for a particular candidate.
A team of SARS intervened, shooting into the air. The team arrested some of the suspects.
The state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Zubairu Muazu, confirmed the crisis at Okota, saying that he had ordered the Area Commander to take be on top of the situation.










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