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Anambra polls: Travellers groan as soldiers lock bridge

By Austin Ogwuda

Onitsha – HUNDREDS of travellers were Saturday held up at the end Asaba end of the Niger Bridge Head for several hours by security agents during yesterday’s gubernatorial election in Anambra state.

Some of the motorists attempting to defy the stop order were horse whipped including media workers. Some passengers who claimed that they were moving to Onitsha to vote were not spared.

A circulation vehicle van belonging to Compass newspaper conveying the daily paper to the east was halted and the driver almost manhandled.

File photo : Stranded commuters

The van was not allowed to continue the journey as at the time this reporter, despite displaying his accreditation for the coverage and his company’s ID car, was also harassed but was finally allowed access to drive with his car to Onitsha following the intervention of the Delta State Police Command’s Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Mr. Charles Muka.

As at 10:45am, electoral materials were yet to arrive at polling stations located at Boromi, Awka Road by Anyaeji when I visited there. The same complaint at other stations visited. As at 4pm, voting was still going in some polling stations due to late arrival of materials.

There was water tight security in Onitsha and environs as vehicles were kept off the road , while, the every busy commercial city of Onitsha was like a ghost town except for people moving to voting centres  or some youths found playing football.


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