Police repel hoodlums as voting materials burnt in Osun 

The police successfully repelled the hoodlums who attacked the office of the Independent National Electoral Commission in Ijebu-Ijesa, Oriade Local Government Area in Osun State.

But it was not until the suspects have burnt card readers and some thumb-printed ballot papers of the just concluded presidential and National Assembly elections.

While confirming the incident, the INEC spokesperson in Osun State, Mrs Sayo Adedokun said the attack will have no effect on the results of the election since said since the result sheets were not affected.

She said the hoodlums were prevented from razing the entire building by the timely arrival of security operatives.

“The hoodlums obviously did not want the results of the elections in the area to be declared. But, they came too late.

“They wanted us to cancel the results but they failed.

“They came too late because the results had already been declared. Also thankfully, the result sheets were not affected.

“The staff had moved the results to the Senatorial Collation Centre at Ilesa Grammar School,” she said.

The Public Relations Officer of the Osun State Police Command, Mrs Folasade Odoro also confirmed that the incident, saying the situation was quickly brought under control.

Odoro, however, said the perpetrators would be arrested and made to face the wrath of the law.

“At about 3.30 a.m. on Sunday, some hoodlums wielding guns and firing sporadically attempted to raid the INEC office at Ijebu-Ijesa.

“In the process, the generator kept outside at the commission’s office caught fire and subsequently affected some empty ballot boxes and mats kept outside.

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“The assailants were however repelled and the situation was brought under control.

“An intensified effort is being made to round up the culprits,” she said.

From Adeyinka Aremu, Osogbo

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