Ad-hoc staff of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and waiting voters fled this morning when gunmen stormed the Roman Catholic Missionary Primary School in Mbalon Council Ward of Gwer East Local Government Council, Benue state.
No one suffered bodily harm from the hoodlums but some were slightly injured while fleeing.
The armed hoodlums said to be numbering about 20 arrived, firing shots in the air and subsequently proceeded to burn down all election materials. The INEC Electoral Officer for Gwer East, Mrs Ngunan Yongo, confirmed the incident. She said that the materials affected were meant for polling units on Mbalon ward.
Yongo explained that a final decision over the conduct of the elections in the area would be communicated later. A senior staff of INEC. Mr Thaddeus Ujah also confirmed the attack at Mbalon ward.
On Saturday morning, there were also reports that the PDP ward office in Wannunen, the village of Benue APC strongman, Senator George Akume was razed down by angry youth. In most parts of Makurdi, the state capital, INEC staff arrived early and voting began much earlier than what obtained during the presidential and National Assembly elections