As Nigerians decide who will emerge as state executives in 29 states of the federation, residents of Mbalom community may have been disenfranchised.

Our correspondent in Makurdi, the state capital, says there are reports of attacks on sensitive materials and ballot papers.

The gunmen, who allegedly arrived in two batches, shot sporadically in the air forcing voters to flee for their lives while electoral officials also abandoned their duty posts.

According to witnesses, the hoodlums also set RCM Primary School Aya on fire where some other materials were kept.

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A senior INEC official, Thaddeus Ujah has confirmed the attack calling on security operatives to restore order and retrieve some materials snatched by the hoodlums.

While casting his vote in Makurdi, the state governor and candidate of the PDP, Samuel Ortom expressed concern on the matter saying security operatives have been informed and deployed to restore order.

However, the governor commended INEC for starting of early and described the process as smooth so far. He called on other voters to come out with their card readers and participate in the exercise.