*For allegedly escaping with thumb printed ballot papers
By AUSTIN OGWUDA
ASABA – COMMOTION broke out at the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, headquarters in Asaba, yesterday, when a group of vigilant youths almost lynched a female staff of the Commission for allegedly escaping with thumb-printed ballot papers. She was stripped in the process.
The ugly incident took place at the gate of INEC office.
Since last Saturday, agents of political parties especially that of DPP had been keeping vigil within the vicinity of the office with a view of nipping any form of manipulation and were still there at press time.
However, armed security agents barricaded the road leading to the office, subjecting people to thorough searching.
State Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, Mr. Charles Muka, confirmed the incident, although he denied that the staff was stripped. He said: “Our men rescued her.
In fact I was surprised because the woman told them that she is an INEC staff but they pounced on her and assaulted her. And as I speak no one has come up to press any charge against her.”