Armed thugs have violently carted away voting materials including ballot boxes, and ballot papers result from sheets and card readers in Unit 002 Ward 2 Eguare Ujiogba in Esan West local government area Ekpoma, Edo state.
The hoodlums attacked the PU 002 Ward 02,Eguare Primary School, Ujiogba, at about 1:30pm on Wednesday September 28th, 2016.
The thugs arrived at the polling unit with a 2 Hilux van and a Honda civic car. They shot into the air to scare away voters, targeted the ballot box and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) agent in the polling unit, Mr. Ebhomien Francis Osaromiyeke.
They came with dangerous weapons and chased away the Corps members working as ad-hoc staff of INEC.
They, thereafter, carted away thumb-printed ballot papers and boxes and escaped through the rear of the unfenced Eguare Primary school.
Many of the voters also fled the polling unit for fear of being harmed by the rampaging thugs. as electoral observers and INEC officials have fled the venue.
Random voters in the unit in separate interviews told observers that the hoodlums targeted the PDP agent, Mr. Ebhomien Francis Osaromiyeke, in the polling unit for refusing the allegedly APC agent to manipulate the process.
One of the voter, Mr Cletus Eguabor, who said he overheard one of the hoodlums saying where is the “blood looking bastard PDP representative” saying we are supreme.
According to another voter, Miss Veronica Adoghe, who spoke to journalists said that the angry-looking thugs waited about 10 minutes in search of PDP agent. The hoodlums who are loyal to the All Progressive Congress (APC). it was gathered that Edo centre is a stronghold of PDP.
A voter who declined to be named told observes that the thugs were “provoked” because of the refuser of people democratic party agent in the polling unit, Mr. Ebhomien Francis Osaromiyeke for APC agent to influence electorates with money.
He further said that Stanley Olobi of APC, lead the thugs to the polling unit because the All progressive Congress, agent in the unit has noticed that his party are losing.
According to an eyewitness in Unit 002 Eguare Ujiogba said that the exercise was generally peaceful, with a large turnout of voter’s, until PDP agent, Mr Ebhomien Francis Osaromiyeke, discovered that some electorates who are not from the unit were voting, he challenge the APC agent a situation that lasted about 30 minutes until the Nigeria police brought the situation under control.
According to report, voting was ongoing when political thugs lead by Stanley Olobi of APC armed with guns emerged from nowhere and started shooting into the air to scare away voters in the process 3 people was wounded, policemen and PDP Agent in the polling unit ,Mr Ebhomien Francis Osaromiyeke, ran for there lives as the hoodlums made away with the ballot box and scattered some of the ballot papers.
However, as soon as they drove out of Eguare Primary school, they started firing gunshots, sending voters and security men scampering for safety.
According to the Edo state command of Nigeria police when addressing a group of journalists said that allegedly PDP agent, Mr Ebhomien Francis Osaromiyeke planned with some political thugs to scatter and Loot the electoral material in unit 002 Eguare Ujiogba about 01.00 hours on Wednesday, September 28th to cart away thumb printed ballot papers, the men of Nigeria police from Irrua Area command were mobilised about 20.00 hour on the 28th September, to invaded the home of, Mr. Ebhomien Francis Osaromiyeke but Escaped arrest from the police.
The police said Ebhomien Francis Osaromiyeke is hereby wanted by the with issues of Electoral offence, a criminal offence which requires a jail term of 20 years in imprisonment.
According to the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, any candidate or agent who damages or snatches ballot boxer’s papers or Election materials before, during and after an election without the permission of the presiding election official requires 20 years in imprisonment.
The police seek the cooperation of law-abiding Nigerians from North, west south and east wherever they find Mr. Ebhomien Francis Osaromiyeke, they should report the nearest police station or any other security Agency for possible arrest and prosecution.
Meanwhile, some allegedly APC political thugs have invaded the home of a chieftain of PDP, Mr David Ebhomien, immediately INEC announced that Godwin Obaseki APC won Edo 2016 gubernatorial election.
A source who witnessed the attacks said the hoodlums loyal to APC came in search of PDP agent, Mr. Ebhomien Francis Osaromiyeke in Unit 002, Ward 2 Eguare Ujiogba for Allegedly influencing electorates to vote for the candidate of PDP in the election, the son of PDP chieftain, Mr Ebhomien Julius was seriously beaten by the angry-looking hoodlums.
According to the immediate younger brother of, Francis Osaromiyeke Ebhomien, Mr Evans Ebhomien said that his brother is been targeted because of his political party affiliation in the divergent view from the ruling party.