Election violence in Ekiti: Senate mandates IGP to apprehend perpetrators

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The Senate on Wednesday mandated the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, to order a full-scale investigation of the violence that marred the conduct of last weekend by-election in Ekiti state East Constituency 1.

It urged the IGP to apprehend and bring to book perpetrators of the bloodletting.

The resolution was sequel to a motion sponsored by Senator representing Ekiti South, Abiodun Olujinmi.

The Independent National Electoral Commission had suspended the election indefinitely owing to the violence which resulted in the death of certain individuals.

Presenting her motion, “Election Violence: Need to eschew restraint,” Senator Olujinmi said the election which commenced on a good note in a peaceful and orderly manner was suddenly disrupted at noon when hoodlums invaded the polling centres to snatch ballot boxes.

She recalled that in the process, no fewer than three persons were feared dead and many others injured in Omuo Ekiti, Ekiti East Local Government Area of Ekiti state.

She warned that “no election is worth the blood of any Nigerian as democracy is the government of the people and the people should be allowed to make their choices through their votes.”

The Senate which observed a minute silence for the victims further urged the Federal Government to ensure the safety of electoral officials, security personnel and election materials during elections.

It also “urged the National Assembly to accelerate the passage of the Electoral Amendment Bill and Electoral Offences Commission currently before it to forestall future occurrences.”

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