Breaking: Gunmen Launch Deadly Attack at Enugu Polling Units, Kill 5 Voters, Destroy Election Materials

Breaking: Gunmen Launch Deadly Attack at Enugu Polling Units, Kill 5 Voters, Destroy Election Materials

  • The attacks by gunmen do not only heighten fear in the minds of citizens but also questions the efforts of security operatives
  • The latest invasion by gunmen in Enugu state, during the LGA exercise, has led to the death of five persons
  • Meanwhile, the armed men also destroyed election materials in some polling units while ordering voters to go back home, insisting the election would not hold

No fewer than five persons were feared killed when gunmen attacked two polling units during the Local Government election in Enugu State, on Wednesday.

Daily Trust reports that the gunmen invaded the polling units at Obeagu ward III in Enugu South Local Government Area and another polling unit at Akpugo in Nkanu West Local Government Area.

The armed men disrupted the exercise by destroying electoral materials after chasing away voters.

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Breaking: Gunmen Launch Deadly Attack at Enugu Polling Units, Kill 5 Voters, Destroy Election Materials
Governor Ugwuanyi's convoy stopped at Asata/Obiagu where Ogui Nike masquerade engaged him, on his way to Enugu South LG for their rally. Photo credit: Enugu North Local Government Area
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The ordeal

Apart from those killed, some persons sustained injuries while vehicles were set ablaze.

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An eyewitness, who did not want his name mentioned, said the gunmen were heard shouting that they had warned that there should no longer be elections in any part of the South East.

Others were attacked

The news crew of the Enugu State Broadcasting Service (ESBS) was also attacked at Obeagu.

The media team comprised a driver, cameraman and three correspondents, including a reporter with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).

Two ESBS reporters – Chiamaka Ezeaputa and Chigozie Alex-Nwafor – alongside the driver, Ebuka Collins Ogbozor, escaped.

Others fled

A staffer of NAN, who did not plead anonymity, confirmed that one of their staff was involved in the incident, which he described as “very volatile and unfortunate”.

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Footages of vehicles burning in different spots within a compound that looked like a polling station, are currently in circulation.

Materials destroyed

Also, broken plastic chairs and tables as well as papers believed to be for the election littered the ground.

A male victim wearing a T-shirt and a shot was seen bleeding profusely. It seems the attackers shot him as some in the background were heard asking the victim to calm down as they were making arrangements to rush him to a hospital at Agbani.

The Police spokesman in Enugu, Daniel Ndukwe is yet to confirm the development.

Pandemonium in southeast as gunmen attack police checkpoint again, kill 3 officers previously reported that about three policemen were allegedly killed by gunmen yet-to-be-identified at a police checkpoint along Enugu-Abakaliki highway in Ebonyi state.

The assailants reportedly gunned down the officers who mounted a roadblock in front of Ezillo police station on Monday evening, February 14.

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In another report by Premium Times, a source who spoke anonymously claims that the gunmen who were in a hummer bus might have been mistaken for a commercial vehicle by the officers.

Police arrest suspected ritual kingpin in Enugu

In another report, the police in Zone 13, Anambra state arrested a middle-aged man suspected to be the ring-leader of a gang that specialises in assaulting and using teenagers for rituals. gathered that the police confirmed the suspect from Ovoko, Nsukka in Enugu state was nabbed with the help of some military men while he concluded plans to flee to Ivory Coast.

The suspect who lives at Obosi, Anambra state was allegedly involved in luring unsuspecting university teenagers in eastern states to hotels where they are assaulted have their blood taken for ritual.


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