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#NigeriaDecides2023: Violence disrupt elections in some part of Lagos

The Presidential and National Assembly elections were marred by violence in some areas in Lagos State.

In some polling units in the Ijesatedo area of Surulere ballot boxes were snatched; people injured, and one person shot on the chest.

The presence of the military and their armoured tanks at strategic junctions in Lagos saved the day as hoodlums suspected to be party thugs unleashed mayhem on innocent voters in parts of the state.

At Ojota, one person with two voter cards and over twenty others suspected to have acted  in breach of the electoral  law were arrested  by the Nigerian Army as early as  eight O’clock in the morning.

One of the suspects said he was going to his shop while the other said he was strolling to see a friend when  they were arrested.

At Jimoh street in Ijesatedo, there was Chaos as INEC officials and voters were seen running for their lives when some hooded persons came on motorcycles and smashed ballot boxes, carted away some of them.

The situation in Lawanson was not different as some area boys came shooting to disperse voters and carted away some ballot boxes.

However, voters who were eager to exercise  their franchise had to reconvene, insisting that voting must resume, and begged the military not to leave the polling unit.

The Assistant Director, Army public relations, sector two, operation safe conduct, Major Augustine Bello, who spoke on behalf of the commander, sector two of the operation, Brigadier general Isangbon Akpaumounthia, confirmed the incident.

Reporting by Mary Fatile; Editing by Annabel Nwachukwu and Tina Oyinsan