The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has confirmed that some thugs hijacked election materials in some states on Saturday.

The affected states include, Akwa Ibom, Enugu and Kano States.

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The commission is conducting a by-election in 26 states across the federation today.

This report does not strike Nigerians as a surprise, this is because reports of this nature have become a stereotype in the country’s politics.


There is barely any election in Nigeria that is void of attacks or violence.

The Update

Giving an update on the exercise, INEC, in a statement issued via its official X handle on said accreditation and other voting processes are going smoothly across various polling units in the 26 states.


The commission, however, regretted the disruption in some wards in Akwa Ibom, Kano and Enugu.

INEC statement reads: “Generally, polls opened promptly, and accreditation is going on smoothly in the 8,934 Polling Units in 26 States involved in today’s bye-elections and re-run elections.

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“However, we are monitoring reported disruption of processes by acts of thuggery and hijacking of materials in some locations in Akwa Ibom, Enugu and Kano States.


Reported Incidents

“In Ikono/Ini Federal Constituency of Akwa Ibom State, we are investigating reported incidents in Village Hall, EdemUrua 003 in Ini LGA and Village Hall Mbiabong Ikot Udo 003 in Ikono LGA.

“For Enugu South 1 State Constituency of Enugu State, we are investigating reports of disruption in 8 Polling Units in Uwani West Ward.


In Kunchi/Tsanyawa State Constituencies of Kano State, processes have been disrupted in Kunchi Local Government Area involving 10 Polling Units.
We will provide regular updates on the situation.”


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