LG Elections; Police officers, ad-hoc staff, party agents, held hostage

No fewer than 20 persons including Ad-hoc staff, security personnel and agents of parties were held hostage at Kiyako ward in Birnin Kudu Local Government Area of Jigawa State by some electorate who protested the commission’s refusal to announce the results of Saturday’s local council election held across the state.

According to reports, CRIMECHANNELS learnt that the staffs and security agents which comprises of 5 Police men and 7 local vigilante members were bundled and locked in a classroom at Junior Secondary School, Kiyako, after it was discovered that they had planned to alter the election results.

Speaking on the development,
Jigawa state Chairman of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Babandi Ibrahim Gumel, told Journalists at a collation Center that the officials were locked after members of the parties gathered at the Kiyako ward collation center to witness the announcement of the results and discovered that there were no collation officer at the polling unit to announce the results.

He said, “As a result of that, the members of the party converged and kept the election officials hostage until what they had voted for was declared.”

“We are now waiting for the SIEC (State Independent Electoral Commission), official to come and announce the whole result for the polling units of the ward where PDP won almost all the 19 polling units in Kiyako Ward.”

He further urged security agents who were at various polling units to make sure that the results are collated and announced.

Meanwhile, In a statement signed by the Special Adviser to Governor Muhammad Badaru Abubakar on Media and Publicity, Habibu Nuhu Kila, the Governor had directed SIEC to declare anybody who wins the election from any political party.

However, the statement urged the people of Jigawa State to remain calm and assured that the right of the voters will not be violated.

Speaking on the incident, the Chairman of the State independent Electoral Commission (SIEC), Adamu Ibrahim, said the results would be announced soon.

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