Some thugs have invaded St. Brigid Catholic Church ljesha, Surulere Lagos, and carted away registration machines and disrupted officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission from registering people for the permanent voter card (PVC).

As at the time of filing this report, the Parish Priest of the church reportedly locked up the church while people who came out to get registered scampered for safety.

A resident of the area who pleaded anonymity told Vanguard that the thugs invaded the venue, saying they wouldn’t be allowed to register because they won’t vote for their (thugs) candidate.

He claimed they destroyed INEC materials and carted away some registration items.

He added that the police have been mobilised to the area to prevent further breakdown of law and order.

Police React, debunk the story

Meanwhile, the Lagos State Police Command has faulted the report, noting that hoodlums did not invaded St. Bridget Catholic Church ljesha, Surulere area to disrupt voter registration.

In a statement on his Twitter handle, the command’s Police Public Relations Officer, Benjamin Hundeyin, noted that the INEC officials were assigned to another location and not the church’s premises.

His words, “The INEC officials were assigned to Imam Thani Street by House No 9A for today’s exercise. They were, however, found within the church premises.

“Residents raised concerns and informed the police. The DPO Ijeshatedo swung into action and brought the INEC officials to the station.

“Preliminary findings show that a resident of the area who volunteered to transport the officials from their office to the center was responsible for the mix-up, deliberate or not. Further investigation will reveal

“Meanwhile, the officials were immediately released to proceed to the correct centre to continue their assignment.”

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