The proliferation of illegal firearms in Kogi State ahead of Saturday’s presidential and National Assembly elections has sparked fear in the state.
Sources claimed many thugs had been given firearms by some politicians to create mayhem to enable them to win their elections.
A top politician, who spoke to our correspondent on a condition of anonymity on Friday, said some of the candidates for the senatorial elections were out to win at all cost.
The source said, “Huge sums of money have also been earmarked for the elections while some officials have been coordinating the distribution of firearms to some youths and thugs.
“The game plan is to induce voters with money to support their candidates and where this fails, a bit of force would be deployed.”
Afraid the state could be plunged into violence due to the proliferation of firearms, some women in Ihima in Okehi LGA have been protesting against the alleged distribution of firearms to youths in the community in the past four days.
The women, who began their protest last Saturday, called for the police to seize the guns distributed to the youths in the area.
The protests led to the death of two persons and the closure of the market in the community.
But spokesman for the police in the state, William Aya, said he had no information about the proliferation of arms in the state.
Meanwhile, the Social Democratic Party senatorial candidate for Kogi Central, Natasha Akpoti, has reported the attack against her supporters to the police.
Akpoti met with the Deputy Inspector-General of Police, Operations, Abdulmajid Ali, and the state Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Busari, where she complained about the destruction of her father’s house in Okehi and the attack on her campaign team by suspected APC thugs resulting in the death of one of her supporters, Ojo Enesi.