Suspected hoodlums, on Saturday morning attacked and snatched ballot boxes in some polling units in the Ajiran area of Agungi, Lekki, Eti-Osa Local Government Area in Lagos State.
The hoodlums reportedly attacked PU 108, PU 007, PU 028 and others in the area.
Following the hoodlums’ attack, voter turnout in the area fell drastically as many people went back to their homes for fear of being attacked.
A resident of the area, who was attacked and flogged by the hoodlums with blood dripping down his head, said he was intimidated while trying to cast his vote.
Speaking to Punch correspondent on condition of anonymity for fear of harassment, he said, “I was trying to cast my vote when the thugs invaded my polling unit. They said I can’t vote if I’m not voting for the APC [All Progressives Congress]. They started flogging me and beating me.”
There are no INEC officials available, Lekki residents lament
It was gathered that the hoodlums were made up of both male and female members and they were about 20 in number that invaded the area.
Another resident, identified as Bayo, said, “The violence broke out between 9am and 10 am. The number of voters that came out during the presidential election in our area has dropped significantly. We are still calling our people around to come out and vote as the military has arrived and things have settled now.”
It was gathered that the chairman of one of the estates in the area was slapped by the hoodlums when he tried to reason with them and urge them to stop harassing and intimidating the voters.
As of the time of filing this report, three military vans with armed soldiers have arrived in the area and peace has been restored.