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Explosions Rock Anambra, Enugu Polls Centres

The 2015 general election started with an explosion in Anambra and Enugu states.

Though the Anambra State Police Command was yet to issue a statement on the incident at press time, eye witness account has it that the explosion occurred at the Amaenyi Primary school at about 7.25am.

Shortly after the incident, security operatives took over the zone, controlling human traffic.

Meanwhile, eligible voters in the state have lamented over the non-functioning of the card reading machines.

Most polling units at Enugwu, Ukwu, Nri, Agulu and Aguluzigbo in Anaocha council area had similar problems.

Also, in some parts of Ihiala local government area, prospective voters turned out en masse but electoral materials arrived late.

The State Governor, Chief Willie Obiano, described the development as embarrassing, noting that reports from all parts of the state showed that the card readers were not working.

Also reacting to the issues of card reading machines, the National Chairman of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) and the party’s senatorial candidate for Anambra Central, Sir Victor Umeh, lamented that voters were being frustrated while trying to get accredited.

He however expressed hopes that since INEC also approved the use manual accreditation, people would be allowed to vote.

In her own reaction, the PDP senatorial candidate for Anambra Central, Hon. Uche Ekwunife described the process of accreditation exercise as cumbersome, noting that every other aspect of the election was in order.

Former Governor of the state, Mr Peter Obi, who spoke to Daily Times, expressed worry over the late arrival of INEC staff and electoral materials but expressed hopes that voting would take place.
The Enugu State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Dan Bature, confirmed the bomb blast at a polling unit in Enugu North Local Government Area.

Daily Times learnt that a first explosion had gone off on Friday night.

Our correspondent, who was at the scene of the incident, reported that the police anti-bomb unit took away two controlled explosions.

The latest controlled explosion was carried out around 9:05 am, few minutes after the Enugu Police Commissioner, Dan Bature, arrived at the scene.

Although journalists were still unable to gain entrance to the spot, a source said the bomb was placed in a Honda Jeep.

The situation created panic in the area as voters were seen running helter-skelter.

The Commissioner, who addressed journalists shortly after inspecting the scene, gave the number of the bomb-laden Honda Sports Utility Van (SUV) as KUJ 971 ABJ.

The commissioner confirmed that apart from the first explosion, the Police anti-bomb unit had carried out three controlled explosion.

He described the blast as an Improvised Explosive Device, but said no life was lost and nobody was injured.

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