Kaduna LG Bye-Election: Security Whisk Lawmakers From Mob

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By: Mayen Etim
KADUNA. North-West, Nigeria – Member representing Igabi Federal Constituency at the House of Representatives, Honourable Abubakar Mamadi and a member representing Chikun Constituency in Kaduna State House of Assembly, Honourable Mike Yari were on Wednesday, June 6, 2018 whisk to safety from angry mob who accused them of diverting electoral materials for the Local Government Bye-election in Kujama and Kakau wards.

The lawmakers were sighted within the Secretariat of the Local Government in Kujama at about 8:15am, and the youth became curious especially as the lawmakers were seen going through a white paper on the car booth of one of them.
The youth then concluded that they were electoral materials meant for their wards and quickly rushed at them and there was chaos. The lawmakers were given the beatings of their lives before the security agents intervene.
The security agents quickly moved the lawmakers into the secretariat for safety and short the gate, but the youth in their hundreds forcefully brought down the gate and went after them throwing all available missiles at their disposal at them.
Sensing that the situation may get out of hand, security reinforcement was called for, but this did not deterred the youth who kept chanting: “Thieves, thieves.”

At this point, the combine team of Mobile policemen, Nigerian Army and Nigeria Civil Defence Corp brought out the lawmakers from their custody, shooting tear gas and live bullets in the air to scare the youth away and managed to whisk Honourables Mamadi and Yari to safety.

However, a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Chikun Local Government, Barnabas Jatau said the lawmakers were assigned to monitor the peaceful and fair conduct of the election in the two wards and have nothing to do with snatching of ballot boxes.

But in a swift reaction, the spokesperson of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the Local Government, Deacon Mai Wada informed the media that when his party’s team arrived at the secretariat they discovered that two ballot boxes were missing.

Yari cloths were torn to shreds while Mamadi sustained an injury on his chest and is said to be receiving treatment in an undisclosed hospital in Kaduna metropolis.

Earlier, Special Adviser to Governor Nasir El-Rufai on Political Affairs, Dr. Uba Sani was prevented from gaining access into the Local Government Secretariat by angry protesters.

Some of the placards carried by the youth read: “Bring back our Electronic Voting Machine (EVM), thieves,” “Stolen Electronic Voting Machines must be returned,” “#Notopoliticalthieves.”

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