Nigeria: Kogi bye election turns bloody as APC supporter stabbed to death
Lokoja, August 11, 2018 (AltAfrica)-The Nigerian House of Representatives by-election in Lokoja/Kotonkarfe constituency of Kogi State turned bloody on Saturday as a supporter of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Yahaya Umoru, was stabbed to death by a supporter of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) (names withheld) when the deceased resisted attempts to snatch ballot box.
AltAfrica.com learnt, that pandemonium broke out when some SDP thugs chanting “Imam must win” stormed a polling unit in Lokoja and attempted to snatch the ballot box at the Unit.
The APC supporters at the polling unit, an eye witness said resisted the attempt and this led to the stabbing of Yahaya Umoru, who was confirmed dead at a nearby hospital.
Yahaya Umoru was a son of an APC House of Assembly aspirant for Lokoja 1 Constituency and was visible throughout the electioneering in the build up to the election.
Police authorities in the state have vowed to apprehend the perpetrators of the dastardly act, urging the youth of the area to maintain calm as the long hands of the law will soon catch up with the murderer.
Eye witnesses told journalists that the thugs were armed by one of the aspirants in the election.
“When they came, they said they were ready to kill to ensure the victory of Alfa Imam, the SDP aspirant in the election. It was unfortunate that they were able to carry out their threats.
“The Police must ensure this case is not swept under the carpet. Our politicians should desist from arming youth when their children are in good schools. I am a member of the PDP and I am not happy that we are losing the election. But I can’t kill because of anyone”, an eye witness said
Spokesman of the command, DSP William Aya, who confirmed this to newsmen in Lokoja on Saturday, said the incident had brought the number of people killed during the election to two
.According to him, the corpse of the deceased has been deposited in the morgue of the Federal Medical Centre, Lokoja. An unidentified man had earlier in the day been killed by a mob at the polling unit located by Abuja Electricity Distribution Company’s office in Lokoja, while also attempting to snatch a ballot box.
Aya had told newsmen that the identity of the unfortunate man was unknown.
The bye-election which started peacefully, with impressive turnout of voters, later became characterised by vote-buying and violence, including ballot box-snatching.