Six Feared Dead in Benue State Elections

Six Feared Dead in Benue State Elections

On Saturday’s Governorship and State Assembly elections in Gboko Local Government Area (LGA) of Benue state, there were reports of six people feared dead at different locations. According to the Local Government Council Chairman, Mr. Isaac Mtom, he received a report of an incident that claimed the life of an individual in Gboko South.

It was reported that security personnel allegedly shot dead a suspected ballot box snatcher, while several others sustained injuries when they attempted to snatch ballot boxes during voting in Gboko South. A source, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, disclosed that one of the ballot box snatchers was killed in Abagu, a community within Gboko, and two others were shot at different polling units at NKST Primary School Gboko South, while the others were killed in Hausa quarters area of the town.

The source stated that “the information we got is that the six persons were killed when they disrupted voting and attempted to snatch ballot boxes at the different locations in Gboko.”

When contacted, the Gboko LGA Chairman, Mr. Mtom, said, “I have a report of one incident in Gboko South, and I am yet to confirm that the person is dead.” However, the State Police Public Relations Officer, Superintendent, SP, Catherine Anene, said that she was yet to receive details of the incidents.

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