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Election: Hoodlums attack Ogoja collation centre in Cross River

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Hoodlums armed with weapons and machetes on Sunday morning attacked the Ogoja Native Authorities INEC collation centre in Cross River.

The hoodlums stormed the centre when the results of the Home of Meeting election within the Ogoja constituency was being introduced.

Spokesperson of the Police Command in Cross River, SP Irene Ugbo, who confirmed the incident, nonetheless, mentioned that the state of affairs was shortly introduced underneath management.

Ugbo mentioned many of the hoodlums have been arrested and have been being profiled to determine the extent of their involvement within the assault.

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The Native Authorities Collation Officer, Dr Paul Bassey, who was injured through the assault and rushed to hospital, described the incident as “barbaric”.

Bassey mentioned his laptop computer and duplicate consequence sheets have been destroyed through the assault.

“One in every of my colleagues remains to be being handled within the theatre and and I pray he comes out alive as heavy stones and planks have been used on him,” he mentioned.

The Electoral Officer for Ogoja Native Authorities, Mr Peter Kolo, mentioned the hoodlums broke safety boundaries on the collation centre with the intent of destroying the election outcomes.

“As I communicate with you, we’ve got recovered all the outcomes from each the BVAS and uploaded ends in the portal and we’ll quickly resume asserting the outcomes from the three remaining wards,” Kolo mentioned.

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The State Constituency Collation Officer, Dr Timothy Ellah of the College of Calabar, mentioned he was crushed by the thugs and sustained damage.

“Now we have, nonetheless, recovered all the outcomes and we’re able to resume asserting the outcomes,” Ellah mentioned.

The Information Company of Nigeria (NAN) stories that INEC had already introduced the election outcomes of seven out of the ten wards for the Ogoja Meeting seat when the hoodlums attacked the collation centre.

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