Gunmen storm polling unit in Bauchi, set election materials ablaze


Unidentified gunmen, Saturday attacked a polling unit in Bagurun Primary School of Darazo local government area of Bauchi state, firing gunshots sporadically into the air.

According to a statement signed by the spokesman of the Bauchi State Police Command, DSP Haruna Mohammed, the gunmen arrived at the place in six vehicles and thereafter gathered all election materials and set some of them ablaze.

“The timely intervention of combined security forces, comprising the Police and Army, forced the suspects to abandon their mission and escape to unknown destination,” News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reported Mohammed to have said in the statement.

“This enabled the electorate to put off the fire and save both the sensitive and non-sensitive materials.

“Normalcy was restored in the area and the electorate continued casting their votes unhindered under tight security,” he said.

Mohammed also confirmed the arrest of a 24-year-old man, Abdul Umar, who was found loitering around Katako ward of Warji town in the state with a locally made pistol.

Abdullahi Samaila and Nasiru Adamu who were found in possession of 29 permanent voter cards (PVCs) at Marga Primary School Polling Unit of Ganjuwa local government area were also arrested.

Unknown persons also snatched INEC Smart Card Reader machine and some election materials at Jauro Gani Village Polling Unit of Alkaleri local government area of the state.