Armed Thugs Hijack Election Materials in Bayelsa

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Armed thugs invaded polling units in Southern Ijaw and Sagbama Local Government Areas of Bayelsa State on Saturday and hijacked election materials.

According to reports, the thugs first struck at Agorogbene units 6, 7 and 8 in Ward 11 of Southern Ijaw, where they destroyed election materials.

Attempts by some voters to challenge the armed men were met with heavy gunshots.

They also stormed the Registration Area Center and carted away election materials of five out of the seven polling units.

In Ogiadiama Ward 9 in Unit 14 of Southern Ijaw Local Government area, gunmen stormed the unit but were repelled by security men.

Sporadic gunshots were also heard around Abuja/Imbikiri area of Brass Ward 2. Thugs also attacked the RAC center in Oginibiri in Brass Ward 8.

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The Police Public Relations Officer in Bayelsa State, CSP Asinim Butswat, is yet to confirm the incident.

The hijacking of election materials by armed thugs is a serious threat to the democratic process. It is important for the authorities to investigate this incident thoroughly and bring the perpetrators to justice.