The Police Command in Borno State has confirmed that five persons sustained varying degree of injuries in an attack coordinated by Boko Haram insurgents in Gwoza Local Government Area of the state.
The Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr Abdu Umar confirmed the incident in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), on Saturday in Maiduguri.
He said the terrorists fired several gunshots targeting voters from the top of Mandara mountain, adding that five persons sustained injuries in the attack.
Umar said the victims comprised two females and three males.
“Efforts of the military within the area of responsibility helped in chasing the terrorists, forcing them to flee due to the superior firepower,” he said,
The CP said that normalcy had since been restored as the voting exercise continued while the victims were referred to hospital for treatment.
Meanwhile, the Network of Civil Society Organisations in Borno (NECSOB) has expressed optimism with impressive turnout of voters in the presidential and National Assembly elections in the state.
The Chairman of the group, Mr Bulama Abiso, who led a team of observers for the election, described the turnout as “encouraging”.
He, however, observed that there were pockets of case of malfunctioning of the Bimodal Accreditation System (BVAS) resulting to delays in early commencement of voting.
Abiso urged the voters to conduct themselves orderly to facilitate smooth conduct of the exercise.