Edo guber: How we escape death at Ize-Iyamu village – Monitor explains

Senior Programme Officer of the CLEEN Foundation, Mrs. Chihozirim Okoro, has narrated how she and her team escaped death in the hands of political thugs at Iguododo village, hometown of Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu.

PIC.14. PDP GOVERNORSHIP CANDIDATE, MR OSAIGE IZE-IYAM BEING ACCREDITED AT IGUODODO PRIMARY SCHOOL IN ORHIONMUON LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA DURING THE 2016 GOVERNORSHIP ELECTION IN EDO ON WEDNESDAY (28/9/16). 7179/28/6/2016/CHIDI OHALETE/BJO/NAN

Mrs. Okoro said thugs in the vicinity saw them recording their activities at the polling units in the village when the attack took place.

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She said their team sped off but the thugs gave them a hot chase until they ran into a patrol team who later gave them cover.

Speaking at a press briefing yesterday on the activities of security personnel deployed for election duties, Okoro stated that a media personnel attached to their team, who was caught by the thugs, was beaten and almost killed.

She said it was the security personnel that rescued the media personnel and they were warned not to return to the area.

She said: “I escaped death at Iguododo, Ize-Iyamu’s village. People signaled to us to leave after they observed that we were videoing them. We were told to run away, but they pursued us till we got to safety.

“Our driver was told not to go back again. The media person was still held until security officials rescued him. We saw that he was beaten and they almost killed him.”

Okoro noted that most security officials on election duties carried out their duties professionally by confiscating arms and dangerous weapons from party thugs in Fugar, rescuing election observers and stopping of vote buying and monetary inducement at Estako Central and Esan North East.

She said a security personnel attached to a political appointee snatched a ballot box and electoral materials in Ward 1 Unit 3, Emokhuem community in Estako East local government.

According to her, “We saw officers hungry and begging for money. The total welfare of officers on election duty fell short of expectations. It was a pitiable sight seeing these gallant and zealous officers on duty looking weak, pale, hungry and famished.

“Most of the officers complained of having to pay their way to their duty posts. This makes them vulnerable to compromise.”

Among the recommendations by CLEEN Foundation were the need to arrest and prosecute electoral offenders, sustained efforts to resolve issues around the card readers, among others.

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5 Comments

  1. Can you see a case of the pot calling the katle black. The same Ize Iyamu was busy acusing the winner of ‘eletoral fraud’. What are we going to call what hapens in his village?. Kudos to Mrs. Okoro and her theam.

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