Reports reaching Emeraldng.com from Ughelli, the headquarters of Ughelli north local government area are indicative that the local government is in turmoil as vicious thugs ostensibly employed by candidates contesting for the executive and legislative positions of the local government have burnt down the office of state independent electoral commission and destroyed the electoral materials.
Sources in the community said the crisis started at about 8.30am while the security agencies were on ground waiting for election materials at the Ughelli secretariat that some armed men bust into the place , shooting very rapidly and sent people running for safety.
“As we speak the secretariat has been set ablaze while all on ground are looking for where to hide. Some comrades monitoring the election have run into the bush for hiding,” a community members posted.
Another said: “My brother Ughelli is on fire, but I learnt it is one of the chairmanship candidate that is causing it.”
Another one said: “Yes, there is been shootout and tear gas at DSIEC office. But there was no burning of DSIEC office. The police shot into the air to send the boys running.”