As the Kogi State governorship election progresses, Umar Hassan (35), a supporter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state, was reportedly killed today at his Agala Ogane Polling Unit in Anyigba.
This was as fear gripped voters at the polling unit as thugs, suspected to be loyalists of the Social Democratic Party (SDP), reportedly went on rampage, threatening to kill anyone who votes against the “Igala Agenda”.
An eyewitness who identified simply himself as Adamu, told newsmen how the thugs allegedly invaded the polling unit with sophisticated weapons, threatening to kill anyone who “doesn’t vote for the SDP”.
“It was like what we watch in horror movies as they invaded our polling unit with very dangerous weapons. Unfortunately, Hassan fell victim and he was gunned down.
“They kept chanting war songs that they will kill anyone who voted against the Igala Agenda. They targeted Hassan, being an APC member.
“What surprised me most was that the military guys that had been targeting APC supporters for arrest and harassment were not on ground to save Hassan’s life. It was so unfortunate,” the eyewitness said.
There was calm across many polling units in Anyigba until the gunmen stormed many units to fight anyone suspected to be an APC member.
Reports show that the poll has been peaceful so far in the Kogi Central and Kogi West senatorial districts.
Reacting to the incident, spokesperson of the Kogi APC Governorship Campaign Council, Hon. Kingsley Fanwo, condemned the attack and urged security agencies to fish out the killers immediately.
“The gruesome murder of Hassan Umar whose only sin was being an APC member is unacceptable. The security agents in the area should fish out the murderers immediately.
“In the 21st Century, it is sad that people are still killed for supporting a particular political party. It is unacceptable and condemnable.
“We knew the only agenda of the SDP is to wage violence against our people. We must restore confidence in our electoral process,” he said.