2019 polls: Election materials snatched by known gunmen – Abounu


… I have reported the matter to the police

By Titus Atondu, Makurdi

The Deputy Governor of Benue, Engr Benson Abounu said that election materials for Idabi Polling Unit in Okete Council Ward, Otukpo LGA, Benue were on Saturday snatched by known gunmen.

Abounu said that a keke Napep was conveying the materials to the polling unit when the hoodlums accosted it and took away the unknown place.

He, however, said that the perpetrators were known names and the matter had been reported to the police.

He said that he reported the matter to the Divisional Police Officer but he did not act swiftly to arrest the ugly situation.

‘’He did not act until the former Senate President, Sen. David Mark spoke to the Area Commander that was when both of them came to the area and this was around 2pm and the incident occurred at 8:30am,’’ he said.

He lamented that the polling unit had 917 registered voters, lamenting that all of them were disenfranchised as a result of the electoral offences committed by the hoodlums.

He further lamented that the voting process was terribly slow thereby keeping the electorate waiting longer than necessary.

He said that the former Vice President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar once raised the alarm that some people were trained in China on how to manipulate the Smart Card Readers so that they could be working slowly in order to disenfranchise some voters.

He said that with what he saw going on in some polling units, he was tempted to believe that the alarm raised by Atiku had come to reality.

‘’Some politicians do not think of the society rather they think of themselves only. They think only about their selfish aims,’’ he said.