Nigeria Decides: Elegushi hails police for halting violence in Ikate-land
By Dayo Badmus,
Oba Saheed Ademola Elegushi of Ikate Kingdom in Lagos State has commended the Police and other security agencies for ensuring peace and orderliness during election in Ikate-Elegushi area of the state on Saturday.
Elegushi said this, while speaking with newsmen shortly after exercising his civic duty at Polling Unit 008 within the Ikate-Elegushi Palace in Lagos.
“Everything is going on well, I have been out earlier to exercise my own civic rights as a citizen of Nigeria. I voted for the candidate of my choice and I am back to my palace now.
“I was just visited by the Army Commander and the Police. They told me about the incident and the issue had been settled. I am not aware if any arrest.,” he said.
He, however, decried the transferring of voters from their polling units to another without proper verification by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
“I have one question to ask INEC. How can someone just go to your website, make a transfer and upload an address to vote without verifying it.
“We see lots of strange faces that don’t live in this vicinity coming here to vote. We can’t accept that because it’s a fraud.
“Definitely after the election, we have to take it up because it is not right. To see a lot of strange faces that they don’t even live within this local government and they are voting here.
“When you do a transfer, you must be able to verify the address,” he said.
it was gathered that there had been fracas at some polling units outside the palace, where some voters claimed they were not allowed to vote.
The security operatives were on ground, following an allegation of destruction of voting materials at some polling units around the area.
Elegushi, however, said the Army Commander had subsequently paid him a visit and that the situation had been put under control.
It was observed that normalcy had immediately returned to the polling units outside the palace after which security operatives with armoured personnel carrier patrolled the area.