Hoodlums disrupt voting exercise in polling units in Lekki, snatch ballot boxes
No fewer than three Polling Units in Ajiran area of Agungi in Lekki, Eti-Osa Local Government Area in Lagos State were attacked by hoodlums during Saturday March 18 governorship and state assembly elections.
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The hoodlums went away with the ballot boxes.
According to News Point Nigeria, after the incident, voter turnout in the area dropped rapidly as many people went back to their homes for fear of being attacked.
A resident of the area, who was attacked and flogged by the hoodlums with blood dripping down his head said he was intimidated while trying to cast his vote.
Speaking to our correspondent on condition of anonymity for fear of harassment, he said, “I was trying to cast my vote when the thugs invaded my polling unit. They said I can’t vote if I’m not voting for the APC [All Progressives Congress]. They started flogging me and beating me.”
It was gathered that the hoodlums were made up of both male and female members and they were about 20 in number that invaded the area.
Another resident, identified as Bayo, said, “The violence broke out between 9am and 10 am. The number of voters that came out during the presidential election in our area has dropped significantly. We are still calling our people around to come out and vote as the military has arrived and things have settled now.”