One person has been allegedly shot dead by soldiers providing security at polling centres in Ogoja Local Government Area of Cross River State.
CONVERSEER learned that the victim only identified as Joe is a member of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and was shot this morning, being Saturday 18 during the Governorship and State Houses of Assembly election.
According to Pillar Today, the deceased who is a popular bike rider in Calabar was at one of the polling centres in Ogoja causing tension in a rowdy manner insisting that this time the APC must win in Ogoja.
The report added that as the tension and rowdy situation persisted, a soldier pulled his gun and shot him dead, causing panic in the area.
A very reliable source told CONVERSEER on the telephone that Joe was shot at a polling unit in Mbube, Ogoja. We are yet to ascertain the exact polling unit.
The APC Deputy Governorship candidate, Hon. Peter Odey is from Mbube.
Meanwhile, materials arrived on time in most areas and some polling centres in Calabar started at about 8 a.m., especially at Spring road, Essien Town, State Housing, and others.
Heavy police presence is being felt in the state but the turnout was low as people are not happy that their votes did not count in the last election.
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At the road leading to Akpabuyo and Bakassi Local Government Areas, many were stranded as fierce-looking security operatives blocked Atimbo Bridge as early as 4 a.m. this morning against vehicular movement – depriving much access to Akpabuyo. It is feared that many voters may be stranded and may not be able to perform their civic duties.
Some INEC-accredited journalists and persons involved in the conduct of the elections were made to park their vehicles and trek long distances to avoid missing out on their assignments.
The officers said the order to block the bridge was from above.