Feļix Uka, Abakaliki
Ebonyi Police command’s Public Relations Officer has confirmed killing of two persons and injuring of three others at Amagu Ikwo ward, being the ward of one of the National Assembly candidates under the platform of All Progressives Congress (APC).
The police spokesperson, ASP Loveth Odah, said that the deceased were shot dead during a political clash on the eve of the election at about 8:pm, while three others sustained bullet wounds and were rushed to Abakaliki Teaching Hospital for treatment.
She said that those that sustained bullet wounds were at the time of filling this report receiving treatment.
She said that investigation into the matter was on going while normalcy has returned to the area.
Also, Ebonyi state Deputy Governor, Dr. Eric Igwe, in an interview also confirmed the killings, stating that aspirations and ambitions do not worth the blood of any Nigerian.
He noted that security operatives were almost getting overwhelmed because of incidents of crises and violence in Nigeria.
Adding: “It does seem to me that not minding their level of preparation, there is lack of manpower. Where you have requisite manpower, the necessary arms and ammunitions to aide them in the discharge of their duties seems to be lacking”.
He advised security agencies to be civil in their relationship with the civilians and make friends with them to enable them give valuable information on the activities of hoodlums geared towards distorting the process INEC has put in place.
He revealed that apart from the Amagu incident, another problem was the issue of card reader, which left him stranded as he came out to cast his vote.
The card reader as witnessed by our Correspondent could not capture the thumb print of the Deputy Governor and those of other legible voters.
When INEC officials were
approached for a way out, they claimed not to have any back up.
They had to resort to manual accreditation and voting once the voters cards were verified.
In other polling units monitored, the major issue both INEC officials and voters complained about was non functional card reader machines.
“So far, as I was about to cast my vote, it was discovered that the card reader machine is not as functional as we were made to believe. I tried to see if it can capture my thumb print but it was not possible. But thank God for the wisdom and ingenuity of INEC that even where your thumb print is not captured, as long as the card is verified that you are entitled to vote. I have just done that and I must thank them for that.
“Voting and accreditation is going on simultaneously even my boss the Governor has confirmed that from the briefs he is getting”, he added.
In most other polling units visited ťhere was peaceful conduct of the elections.