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2023 Election: Thugs Snatched BVAS, Voters Chased Away At Lagos Polling Units, Destroy Ballot Boxes

Voting in parts of Lagos was disrupted on Saturday as thugs invaded polling units in parts of the state.

At two polling units in Igbokusu town II, Eti Osa area of the state, ballot boxes were found broken, while ballot papers were discarded.

Speaking on the incident, Adegbite Adefemi, a resident, said “some boys” invaded the polling unit, chased away voters, and broke the ballot boxes.

“Around 2pm, some boys came here, observed the processes, and went away. A few minutes later, they came back with clothes tied to their faces and started chasing people all around with machetes,” he said.

“They broke ballot boxes and scattered the already used ballot papers.”

Kingsley Onyechere, a police officer, who confirmed the incident, said officers were deployed to the polling unit to curtail the event.

“We were called to the areas after the incident happened,” Onyechere added.

Thugs also attacked a polling unit around the Elegushi area in the state.

Meanwhile, in several videos trending on social media, attacks were also recorded across the state.

At Aguda, Surulere, a video posted on Twitter showed a man telling people to go home if they are not voting for the All Progressives Congress (APC).

“If you no fit vote for here go your house. Nobody force you come here o. Go house o. If I see you vote another party, I will call Luka,” the man said in the video.

“If you vote for another party you go enter wahala. We no con joke for here. This territory wey we dey for here na APC o.”


In another video, a man is seen warning persons of Igbo extraction not to vote at his location.

“I repeat am again. Any Igbo wey dem born very well, me I dey here, make hin con vote here,” he said.

Another video shared on claimed that voters were left stranded after some electoral materials were set ablaze by hoodlums.

Yet another footage showed persons described as voters at Ikate, Lekki, running on the streets with thugs said to have disrupted voting in the area.

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