Jos – Youths in Utan, a village along Zaria Road in Jos, have protested the alleged shooting of a woman and some youths by soldiers.
Trouble started when the soldiers, said to be members of the Special Task Force (STF) charged with maintaining security in Plateau, stormed the community to arrest some hoodlums.
The hoodlums were alleged to have lured a commercial cyclist to the village, where they allegedly killed him.
A source in the village said that when the soldiers arrived, they shot in the air, causing a stampede that led to the three people sustaining injuries.
However, unconfirmed reports claimed that the woman was killed by stray bullet.
“We were on the queue waiting to vote when the soldiers came and started shooting.
“Many people were wounded, while several others abandoned their mission to the polling units and scurried home to safety,’’ one of the youths, who refused to reveal his name, said
STF spokesman Charles Ekeocha, confirmed the protest, but denied that the soldiers shot voters on the queue.
“Yes, I have reports that some youths protested at Utan but I do not have the full details yet.
`But, again, I have not received any report that anyone was shot.
“The STF men are not mad and won’t just shoot electorate queuing to vote without any reason.
“If anyone was shot, there must have been a reason,’’ he said.
Ekeocha, however, said that apart from this incident, the election was otherwise conducted smoothly.
Meanwhile, the INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner in Plateau, Mr Abu Zarma, told NAN the incident had not been reported to him.
But INEC officials confirmed that the election was not “very much affected’’ by the incident.
They admitted, however, that some people, who were accredited to vote, were “too scared” to turn up to vote. (NAN)
Police arrest four in Lagos State for electoral offences
Lagos, The Police arrested four persons for electoral offences during the presidential election on Saturday, Police Commissioner Suleiman Abba said.
Abba said three of the suspects were arrested at a unit in Ikoyi when they snatched a hand-bag of a voter.
He stated that one person was arrested during a stop-and-search at Owutu in Ikorodu, with a suspected ballot paper sample.
Abba said that the case had been transferred to the State CID Panti for investigations.
The Commissioner said he was impressed with the conduct of the election in the state. (NAN)