EKITI STATE GOVERNORSHIP ELECTION: Army Intercepts Suspicious Truck with Election Materials, Gives "Shoot-on-Sight" Order

Ahead of the June 21 governorship election in Ekiti State, Army authorities have given a “shoot-on-sight” order so as to prevent any sabotage from ill-wishing elements.

The statement was made by the Commander, 32 Artillery Brigade, Akure, Brig. Gen. Aliyu Momoh who pledged to “get” all the “harbouring hoodlums” caught with any offensive weapons, thus sending a “strong message to everybody irrespective of political parties”.

He said that all election-related materials must be escorted by security agents, and his men would check anything they deem suspicious.

Momoh spoke as he paraded three men caught with election materials. Their truck was intercepted and searched by army officers. Ballot papers of 2008, 2009 and 2011, reflective jacket and a 2014 stamp of INEC were discovered.

The suspects, identified as Olufemi Ose, Akanbi Oluwasegun, Biodun Erinfolami, were arrested today at about 1.30 p.m.

The representatives of the Independent National Electoral Commission have, however, denied that the ballot papers were relevant to the June 21 governorship election and maintained it is legal to evacuate the obsolete materials.

The security agencies were prompted both by the Army and the State Security Service to conduct investigation into the matter.

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