Taraba INEC Office Attacked, Taraba Ssg’s House Burnt

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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) office in Gembu -the headquarters of Sardauna local government area on Tuesday came under attack by election rioters.

The house of the Secretary to the State Government (SSG) of Taraba State, Gebon Kataps, was also burnt.
The SSG however escaped unhurt.

“They have succeeded in burning my house now. As I speak with you, they have set it ablaze,” he told The Nation on telephone.

The thugs reportedly attacked and set many homes including the SSG’s house ablaze.

Kataps, a PDP chieftain, alleged that trouble started after the collation of all the votes in the area which gave the APC a little lead over the PDP, but not good enough to upset the already released results by INEC which PDP was placed ahead.

Police Spokesman Joseph Kwaji, an Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) confirmed the incident to The Nation. He said the police were investigating the number of homes razed and whether there were records casualties.

“Some youths in the area (Gembu) organised themselves and attacked the INEC office in the area, after which they set ablaze some houses,” he said.
Kwaji told The Nation that policemen were on top of the situation to maintain law and order, while he was still anticipating details of the crisis from the Divisional Police Officer (DPO).


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