According to the Punch News Paper this morning, all electoral materials for Mbalom ward in Gwer East Local Government Area of Benue State, were in the early hours of Saturday burnt by armed hoodlums.
According to a witness, the hoodlums on arrival fired shots in the air before setting on fire the RCM Primary School Aya, housing the materials.
The Electoral Officer for the local government area, confirmed the incident to the PUNCH over telephone. She said the materials were yet to be distributed to polling units in the ward when the attack occurred.
No official of the commission including ad hoc staff was hurt. A final decision over the conduct of the elections in the area would be communicated later.
A senior staff of the commission, also confirmed the early morning attack.
She is quoted here in her very own words: “Right now I can’t say anything, I am overwhelmed; we were not expecting anything of that nature. I am short of words. I can’t see some of my people, they ran into the bush, some of them got injured. For me, the most important thing to me now is to get those people and take them back”.
The exact number of ad hoc staff who are ascertained to be missing haven’t been accounted for at the time of documenting this report.