By Samuel Oyadongha
Yenagoa – Six persons were today reportedly shot dead at the Ekeremor council area in the Bayelsa West senatorial district as poor turn out, irregularities and alleged diversion of electoral materials characterized the local government elections in the predominantly riverine state.
Though the immediate cause of the violent shooting and identities of casualties could not be ascertained as at press time but the state Commissioner of Police, Elder Onuoha Udeka described the incident as fall out of rival cult clash.
Several others were reportedly injured in the wake of the attack which forced residents of the area to stay indoors.
Another tragicÂ incident it was also learnt was averted in the Nembe creek when the boat conveying the election materials to the coastal island allegedly capsized resulting in the loss of some of election materials.
The council polls which had been postponed severally in the past over alleged insecurity and lack of fund was peaceful in Yenagoa and other upland areas visited.
It was however greeted by votersâ€™ apathy as most eligible votersâ€™ shunned the exercise and even defied the movement restriction order put in place as they went about their normal businesses.
A near riotous situation was also witnessed at the popular Okaka market which was invaded by policemen who forcefully chased the traders away.
The market men and woman most of whom came from outside the state to trade complained that they were not aware of the council election and as such should not be made to suffer unjustly.
The intervention of journalists who were monitoring the conduct of the election however brought sanity to the market as they succeeded in prevailing on the rampaging policemen to reason with the traders who claimed they were not aware of the development.