…say officers protecting INEC officials from being mobbed
. Corps members not killed as alleged in video
Ben Peters, Abuja
The FCT Police Command has debunked a misinformation on social media alleging that a Police Officer was caught with thumb printed ballot papers.
The Police Public Relations Officer, FCT Command, SP Josephine Adeh in a press release debunked the social media viral video, adding that, “This is not the fact as the Officer was only assisting Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Staff to salvage electoral materials after they were attacked by electorates at the polling unit.”
The incident which occurred at Polling Unit 009, Lugbe Local Education Authority (LEA) began when the officials of the INEC arrived the Polling Unit with incomplete electoral materials which aggravated the electorates who resorted to attacking the officials and destroying the materials alleging an attempt at disenfranchisement. The Officers, in an attempt to prevent the officials from being mobbed and the materials destroyed, assisted in moving some of the items, to the annoyance of the electorates who poured their anger on the officers as well as the officials.
It is equally pertinent to state that the Corp Member who was attacked in the video was shielded and taken to safety by the Divisional Police Officer and his men from the Lugbe Divisional Headquarters. He was not murdered as alleged in trending news.
The FCT Command hereby warns all electorates to maintain decorum and desist from attacks on lawful authority while all grievances should be channeled through the proper process for resolution.”