By Philips Sunday 

Nasarawa, (An24) – About five ballot boxes have been snatched at Ugwar ward of Toto Local Government Area of Nasarawa State in the on-going bye elections in the state.

The incident was confirmed by the Nasarawa State Commissioner of Police, Lawal Shehu.

Mr. Shehu said INEC officials reported the snatching of ballot boxes containing electoral materials in units 003,004,005,006 and 008, adding that he had directed his men to ensure the recovery of the boxes and arrest of culprits.

According to him, “We are doing our best to ensure violence- free election; to also ensure the protection of lives and property, as such we will not allow any person or groups to cause distraction,” he said.

Furthermore, Mr. Shehu urged voters to remain peaceful, law-abiding and respect constituted authorities in order to have free air and acceptable bye- election.

In a related development, a former senator, Abubakar Sodangi, has lauded the peaceful conduct of the exercise.

“I want to commend the INEC and the electorate for their peaceful conduct; I urge them to sustain the tempo”. He said.

Meanwhile, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) aspirant for the Nasarawa/Toto federal constituency, Ahmed Musa, has expressed optimism that PDP will win the bye-election in the state.