Thugs chase journalists, INEC officers with axes in Abeokuta

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By Kolawole Olayinka, Abeokuta

Political thugs have disrupted the ongoing electoral process in Ward 13 polling Unit 22, Itori Odo, Abeokuta South area of the state Abeokuta.

Journalists and electoral officers who were subject of the attackers had to scamper for safety.

An armless NSCDC officer attempted rescuing the two ballot boxes but was overpowered by the thugs who snatched the boxes and destroyed it immediately.

Trouble started when an agent of the All Progressives Congress (APC) challenged journalists for taken pictures at the unit.

One of them said they had instructions not to allow anybody take pictures or record videos.

All efforts to convince the agent fell on his deaf ears.

Meanwhile, one of the thugs identified simply as Taiwo attacked the agent of the Action Democratic Congress, ADC, who also tried to intervene.

Taiwo poured a dry gin on the face of the ADC agent, before other thugs surfaced from different corners with axes and attack the INEC officials and materials.

It was gathered that APC has never won the unit, which has always voted PDP.

It was also gathered that a son of the community, Oluseyi Funmi, is contesting for the state House Assembly on the platform of Action Alliance.

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