By David Odama, with agency report
Senator Suleiman Adokwe, representing Nasarawa South Senatorial Zone, was yesterday attacked by hoodlums in Lafia.
This came as suspected political thugs invaded a police barracks polling unit with code 026 and destroyed elections materials where the first lady, Salamatu Almakura, voted.
The incident, which took place at about 10 pm, Saturday, forced Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, officials, journalists and others to scamper for the safety while security operatives were left helpless.
The thugs invaded the police barracks when voting had been concluded, sorted and counting for Senate and House of Representatives was ongoing.
Hoodlums attack Adokwe in Lafia
Meanwhile, Adokwe, Senate Committee Chairman on Information, said he was attacked at St. Williams Primary School, Lafia, the collation centre for Gayam ward.
The senator said the incident occurred when he went out to see what was happening following a report from his agents that government officials were seen at the collation centre trying to influence the result of the polls.
He said all through Saturday night, he had also been getting reports of ballot stealing and stuffing across the zone.
He said: “When my agent at the Gayam Ward Collation Centre, Lafia, called to intimate me at about 1 p m of the presence of some state government officials there, I decided to go and see things for myself.
“On sighting me, some hoodlums around the centre started shouting that I should go away, that I was not from Lafia and as such I did not belong there.
“Before I could understand what was happening, they started rushing at me with clubs, stones, and spears. It took divine intervention for me to escape.”
He decried the violent dimension the electoral process was taking in the state and called on the Police to act accordingly.
Contacted, Commissioner of Police in the state, Bola Longe, confirmed that the senator called to inform him of the incident.