Two killed, 13 INEC vehicles burnt in pre-election violence

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Akwa Ibom state’ Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Mike Igini, confirmed that some vehicles engaged in election duty were destroyed in a pre-election crisis that erupted in Obot-Akara Local Government Area of the state on Friday,

The vehicles were conveying election materials from INEC headquarters in Uyo to Nto Edino, the headquarters of Obot-Akara Local Government Area office of the Commission for the conduct of presidential and National Assembly elections.

An eye witness, told journalists that two persons died in the incident while 13 vehicles were destroyed.

The witness said security had been heightened in the area as fear and confusion enveloped the community of Obot-Akara.

Mr Igini only confirmed that the INEC vehicles were burnt by miscreants suspected to have the support of politicians in a press conference in Uyo on Saturday.

In his words : “Some of our vehicles that were distributing materials were burnt yesterday and who are those instigating this? Politicians.

“This is rather unfortunate. Politicians who are the greatest beneficiaries of this democracy have become the greatest threats.

“In Akwa Ibom, equal opportunities will be given to all the political parties,” he said.

Mr Igini said that things that might have happened in Akwa Ibom in the past elections would not happen under his watch.

“No politician can hijack this election from us. We are neutral and will ensure a level playing ground for all.

“Our sensitive materials for this election are intact,” Mr Igini said.

(NAN)

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