Elections in Ibi local government council of Taraba state has been suspended as a result of violence, even as a car belonging to a top government official was burnt by protesting youths.
Reports reliably gathered from the state independent electoral commission (SIEC), has it that election materials had arrived in good time but some party loyalists insisted on seeing the returning officer first as a condition before the process would begin.
It was also learnt that several pleas by elders and top politicians to allow the process to go on, were rejected and in the ensuing fracas, a car belonging to a top government official, the Commissioner for Commerce and Industry Mallam Iliasu was burnt and the electoral officer in charge of the council narrowly escaped being lynched by a mob.
While briefing journalists in his office, Duwe, however, assured that the situation is now calm as security agencies are on top of the situation.
Meanwhile, accreditation in the rest of the councils have been concluded and elections ongoing.
This was disclosed by the Chairman of SIEC, Philip Duwe. He also debunked claims that results have started trickling in, saying once results were ready, the public would be informed.
He however complained of certain challenges experienced which included the non-availability of materials in Wukari, Gassol and Takum, a situation which he said has been resolved.