Some victims of alleged attacks at some polling units in Lekki, Lagos State in the March 18, 2023 governorship and assembly elections have been recounting their ordeals.
The polling units said to be involved include those in the Ajiran area of Agungi, Lekki, Eti-Osa Local Government Area, where hoodlums allegedly snatched ballot boxes.
According to ‘The PUNCH’, they attacked PU 108, PU 007, PU 028 and others in the area.
Our correspondent further observed that following the attack, voter turnout in the area dropped rapidly as many people went back to their homes for fear of being attacked.
A resident of the area, who was attacked and flogged by the hoodlums with blood dripping down his head said he was intimidated while trying to cast his vote.
Speaking to our correspondent on condition of anonymity for fear of harassment, he said, “I was trying to cast my vote when the thugs invaded my polling unit. They said I can’t vote if I’m not voting for the APC [All Progressives Congress]. They started flogging me and beating me.”
It was gathered that the hoodlums were made up of both male and female members and they were about 20 in number that invaded the area.
Another resident, identified as Bayo, said, “The violence broke out between 9am and 10 am. The number of voters that came out during the presidential election in our area has dropped significantly. We are still calling our people around to come out and vote as the military has arrived and things have settled now.”
It was gathered that the chairman of one of the estates in the area was slapped by the hoodlums when he tried to reason with them and urge them to stop harassing and intimidating the voters.
As of the time of filing this report, three military vans with armed soldiers have arrived in the area and peace has been restored.