One Dead, Seven Injured In Kano Council Polls

Yesterday’s council poll in Kano State was characterised by pockets of violence, which left unspecified number of people injured.

The councils affected by violence include Kuru, Kuchi, Shanono, Tsanyawa and Bebeji.

In Kuru local government, a woman was shot dead when violence broke out while seven others were said to have sustained gunshot injuries.

Locals said the injured were admitted in hospitals.

Election materials disappeared before they got to their destination in these local government areas.

Political thugs, who engaged in free-for-all, destroyed election materials in most of the affected councils.

Eyewitnesses told our correspondent that violence erupted when some political thugs attempted to snatch ballot boxes.

Some people were reportedly seen invading polling units.

They were resisted by people and security personnel drafted to the units.

Confirming the incidences of violence in some local government areas, Governor Rabi’u Kwankwaso, said there was no cause for alarm as security agents were on top of the situation.

“From the report I’m receiving, I learnt that election materials were not supplied to some polling centres in time as well as cases of violence in some areas but no one was killed and our security operatives are on top of the situation,” the governor said.

Meanwhile, police crisis control units were said to have curtailed the violence in the affected areas.

However the exercise recorded a massive turn out in all the 44 local government areas of the state.

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