- As two persons are reportedly killed in the state
Two persons reportedly lost their lives in Saturday’s Governorship and House of Assembly elections in Mkpani community in Yakurr local government area of Cross River.
The victims were said to have lost their lives when some thugs allegedly attempted to snatch elections material that were being transported to Mkpani and Agoi wards in the local government.
They reportedly laid siege at the distribution centre in Yakurr and attempted to hijack materials being moved to polling units.
It was further gathered that polling officers, mostly National Youth Service Corp, NYSC, members were chased by the thugs.
Some of the corps members accompanying election materials in Mkpani reportedly ran to the residence of the former governor of the state, Mr. Clement Ebri
The former governor’s intervention however saved the corps members from being attacked by the rampaging thugs.
NYSC members were said to have been rescued by the police and the materials successfully evacuated.
Mr. Ebri told journalists that he was in his country home in Mkpani ‘when I heard some commotion and saw a vehicle reversing into my compound.’
“When I asked what the problem was, they told me that unknown persons had snatched (at gunpoint) some of the materials meant for the governorship and state house of assembly polls in the area, specifically at Government Secondary School, Mkpani from some vehicles ahead of them.”
“They said that some of them, INEC officials, had to run to my house for shelter because they felt it will be safer and I told them they cannot stay in my compound with those sensitive materials and they told me `look they will kill us’.
He further disclosed that “the Corps members were crying and begging ‘daddy do not allow them kill us and right away I called the DPO who came with some policemen and soldiers and recovered the materials intact.”
The former governor said state Resident Electoral Commissioner, REC, called to thank him for his intervention and for saving the lives of the NYSC members.