Breaking: Voters scamper for safety, flee polling unit as gunshots were fired in Osogbo

Breaking: Voters scamper for safety, flee polling unit as gunshots were fired in Osogbo

Voters were forced to flee a polling unit in Osogbo during the ongoing Osun state governorship rerun as gunshots were being fired, Channels TV reports.

In a report by Sahara Reporters residents had alleged that the thugs threatened them against coming out to vote on Thursday, September 27, stating that if they did so, they would regret it.

They said most of them could not sleep in their homes on Wednesday night, as the safety of their lives could not be guaranteed.

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It was gathered that calm was restored as security officials immediately swung into action.

Prior to the shooting, security operatives had arrested three men for allegedly carrying charms and banned substances also in Osogbo.

Another resident of the street where the polling units are situated, was dragged and teargassed. He was allegedly taking pictures from his balcony.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had earlier expressed concern over reports that some observers and journalists were being arrested and prevented from operating in some polling units.

However, the commission in a tweet said that the issue was being taken up with the security agencies.

PAY ATTENTION: Download our mobile app to enjoy the best news updates previously reported that Senator Ademola Adeleke, governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Osun state, described the ongoing rerun election in seven units of the state as a ‘coup'.

Adeleke who disclosed this on telephone to The Punch said that supporters of the PDP were being denied access to ballot papers in the governorship rerun election.

He said: “What is happening in Osun state now is not an election. What we have is a coup. That is what we are witnessing now."

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