Ekiti Election: Two Killed As INEC Suspends Voting Indefinitely
At least two persons were killed on Saturday as violence disrupted a State Assembly bye-election in Ekiti State.
A statement signed by INEC National Commissioner, Festus Okoye, said the “voters, election officials and security personnel” were attacked prompting the commission to suspend voting.
The election was held to fill the vacancy for the Ekiti East 1 State Constituency.
“The Commission made adequate arrangements for the election. Personnel and materials arrived on time in all the 39 Polling Units spread across 5 Wards of the Constituency for the 23,670 registered voters to exercise their franchise in a free and fair process,” the INEC statement said.
“However, no sooner had voting commenced than unidentified gunmen unleashed mayhem at some Polling Units, thereby disrupting the process.
“Unfortunately, some innocent voters were shot dead, while a policeman, some INEC regular and ad hoc staff who sustained gunshot injuries during the melee are receiving medical attention.
“This situation is unacceptable. In its avowed commitment to electoral integrity, the Commission has suspended the election indefinitely. To continue with the process will amount to rewarding bad behavour. The security agencies are aware of this unfortunate situation and have commenced investigation.
“The Commission commiserates with the innocent victims of this dastardly act and affront to our democracy.”
Fayemi condemns violence
Ekiti State Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi condemned the violence on Saturday.
“This violence is most unwarranted, and deeply disturbing,” Fayemi said, according to a statement signed by his spokesman, Yinka Oyebode.
“I have instructed the police authorities to fish out the perpetrators and ensure they face the music.
“Our condolences to the families that lost loved ones and those who were injured.
“Government would not relent in efforts to always ensure safety of lives and properties.
“We shall ensure all purveyors of violence are brought to book.”
Meanwhile, the Ekiti State Police Command said the violence had been perpertrated by suspected thugs in Unit 7 ward 7 in Omuo-Ekiti “while eligible voters” were performing their constitutional duty.
“The Command, while sympathising with the families of those who lost their lives, wishes all the victims currently receiving treatment in the hospital a quick recovery, including a woman Police and a member of Nigeria Youths Service Corp(NYSC),” a police statement, signed by spokesman Sunday Abutu, said.