Policemen,Security personnel, electoral officials, and voters ran for dear lives on Saturday in Urhonigbe, Orhionmwon local government area following an escalation in electoral violence which tended to cast a blight on the Edo state governorship election which had earlier in the day began peacefully.
As of the time of this report, Sunday Vanguard gathered that the electoral officials were currently in protective custody at the police station in the area.
Confirming the incident, an official of the Independent National Electoral Commission INEC in Benin who did not want his name in print as he was not authorised to speak to the media said the process was disrupted in about six units in Urhonigbe, Orhionmwon local government area.
He said the INEC ad hoc staff in the area are currently at the Urhonigbe Police Station.
âUnits 1, 2, 3, 5, 6 and 9 in Registration Area RA 08 Urhonigbe South, Orhionmwon LGA have been disrupted. Sporadic gunshots everywhere. Ad-hoc staff, Security personnel, and voters are on the run. Some of the staff are now at Urhonigbe Police Stationâ, he said.