By Harris Emmanuel
No fewer than four persons were injured at Oruk Anam Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State, as they attempted to snatch ballot boxes, while voting was still ongoing.
An Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, ad hoc staff, Unyime Udoesen, told Vanguard that they scampered into the bush for safety, from where they called Army personnel who came and restored normalcy for voting to continue in the community.
Vanguard observed that non-availability and late arrival of election materials apparently marred the smooth conduct of the polls in so many units in the state, as voting continued into the night.
This happened as the Police arrested four political thugs for allegedly snatching ballot boxes in Abak town, headquarters of Abak local government area.
Police Public Relations Officer, Macdon Ogbechie, a Deputy Superintendent of Police said the political thugs were apprehended at Technical College, Abak.
Besides, INEC ad hoc staff were beaten up and voters driven away from the unit, but nobody was injured in the melee, he said.
He said Army personnel chased the thugs into the hands of the Police on patrols as they bolted away with the materials.
Ogbechie added: “We arrested five persons who snatched ballot boxes in Abak. They went to the place and drove away everybody; beat up SPO and the rest.
“However, the CP’s arrival restored normalcy and the exercise continued.
“We are working in collaboration with other sister security agencies. We handed them over to the DPO for further investigation.”
Vanguard gathered that elections in Udung Uko council were cancelled because of violence.
However, the state INEC’s Resident Electoral Commissioner, Mike Igini, said: “Who told you that. I do not know anything about that. We are collating.”