People Politics

Senate Urges Police To Probe Ekiti Election Violence

Ekiti East Constituency 1 witnessed violence at the polls on Saturday following the Bye-election that took place which eventually led to the death of three innocent victims and a Police Officer.

However, it has been reported that the Senate on Wednesday have asked the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, to investigate the violence which occurred during last Saturday’s House of Assembly bye-election in Ekiti State.

The motion was sponsored by Senator Biodun Olujimi, which led to the passing of the resolution by the Senate.

According to Olujimi, “No election is worth the blood of any Nigerian as Democracy is the government of the people and the people should be allowed to make their choices through their votes”.

Olujimi added that, “Electoral offences should carry capital punishment. Why should thugs be armed to the polling centres while the security operatives are not allowed to bear arms?”

She made it known that she regretted the fact that the election which started peacefully was marred with violence when hoodlums came at noon and started snatching ballot boxes.

According to reports, The upper chamber, in its resolution, urged the Inspector-General of Police to investigate the violence with a view to apprehending the perpetrators.

Also, they urged the National Assembly to accelerate the passage of the Electoral Act Amendment Bill and the Electoral Offences Commission Bill.

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