Vigilant Group Arrest Truck Carrying 1,050 INEC Ballot Boxes In Bauchi (PHOTO)

Vigilant Group Arrest Truck Carrying 1,050 INEC Ballot Boxes In Bauchi (PHOTO)

By Joseph Emmanuel | Staff Reporter on December 22, 2014
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Professor Attahiru Jega, INEC Chairman

A mob of vigilante and residents of Gurazo community in Bauchi had intercepted a truck believed to be carrying sensitive materials from the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC on Saturday, December 20, 2014.

The mob had noticed that the truck was without police escorts and was not marked as INEC truck as the youths believed that the suspicious truck was suppose to have a legitimate escort with it.

They pounced on the truck driver, demanding that the contents be opened, or the truck will be set ablaze.

According to reports, it was amidst the exchange that the Nigerian police arrived the scene and rescue both the driver and the bus.

The police restricted the youths from setting fire to the truck as they told the youths that the police commissioner had demanded for the truck to be driven back to Bauchi police headquarters.

The police public relations officer later stated on Sunday, December 21, 2014 that there were no sensitive INEC materials contained in the vehicle.

He also added that ballot boxes were found inside the truck; 314 cartons containing 1050 pieces of ballot boxes.

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Uproar Over Truck Loaded With INEC Ballot Boxes In Bauchi On Saturday, December 20, 2014 (Photo Credit: News24)

According to the police, the truck was coming from Lagos and was heading for INEC headquarters in Gombe, without police escort or any identifiable marker showing the truck was carrying INEC materials.

He said that police had to release the truck to continue on its journey as nothing incriminating was found in the truck.

 

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