Breaking: Gunmen attack Ughelli secretariat, set building ablaze

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As Delta State prepares for its local council election today, suspected unidentified heavily armed gunmen have attacked Ughelli Local Government Secretariat around 8:30 am this morning and started shooting sporadically into the air.

It was gathered that the hoodlums set ablaze the secretariat buildings, where elections materials for today’s Delta State Local Government elections were kept overnight for distribution to elections officials this morning.

The whereabouts of the state election officials and some journalists monitoring the exercise are unknown as at press time.

An eyewitness said some people who were on the premises, during the incident ran into the woods nearby to take cover in order to avoid being hit by stray bullet.

A resident said: “We were getting ready for today’s election when we started hearing gunshots. Everybody started running helter skelter all over the place.

“We saw some people running into the bush, while the armed men were shooting in the air. Before you know it, they have put fire there.”

Efforts to reach officials of the State Independent Electoral Commission and government staff on the incident proved abortive as at the time of filing this report.

Update coming shortly…

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