The Kogi bye-election which was held today to fill the vacant Lokoja /Kogi seat in House of Representatives, also saw two people killed for attempting to snatch ballot boxes.
Confirming the incident, spokesman of the state police command, DSP William Aya, told NAN’s correspondent that the number of people killed during the election is now two.
According to him, the latest victim, identified as Yadau Umoru was killed at Ugwan Pawa polling unit, in front of Maigari palace while attempting to snatch a ballot box.
Though the corpse of the deceased has been deposited in the morgue of the Federal Medical Centre, Lokoja, it was also gathered that an unidentified man had earlier in the day been killed by a mob at the polling unit located by Abuja Electricity Distribution Company’s office in Lokoja, while also attempting to snatch a ballot box. Aya further added that the identity of the unfortunate man was unknown.
The Kogi bye-election which started peacefully with impressive turnout of voters, later became characterized by vote-buying and violence, including ballot box-snatching. It was reported that two agents of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) have been shot by political thugs. The agents were shot during the ongoing bye-election for Kogi/Koto-Karfe federal constituency, by suspected political thugs in Kogi State.