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Gunmen target polling station, set Kumba High Court on fire

The office of the President of the Court of First Instance, Kumba located on the premises of the Meme High Court, South West Region has been burnt down alongside a canteen attached to it.

The office caught fire around 1:00 am Sunday, October 7, hours to the casting of votes for the 2018 elections.

The National Times gathered that the Office of the Court President use to host a polling station. The polling station had been relocated to the Government Practising Primary School, (GPS) Kumba-Town. The primary school campus is a new polling centre hosting at least five polling stations.

It is reported that security dispositions had already been taken before hand to relocate the polling station owing to persistent threats on the court premises weeks to the elections.

Authors of the attack on the court house might have missed their target. Observers deduce that, the authors of the fire incident suspected to be separatists’ agents staged the fire attack to derail the Presidential election.

Before today’s attack, at least three separate incidents have happened around the Meme High Court vicinity creating panic.

Months back, an anonymous threat triggered massive escape of judges and lawyers from the area. Two weeks back, a stray bullet ripped the mouth of a girl around the same court vicinity triggering panic.

Yet in the early hours of this Sunday, the voting exercise had begun in other polling centres across Kumba. Beyond Kumba, polling centres have opened in the trouble-hit Mbonge and Konye Sub-divisions.

In Konye, voting material is believed to have been transported to the area under heavy military guard. Even the Divisional Officer(DO) Blessed Ekole Epimba, who had relocated to Kumba has returned to his duty post owing to Presidential instruction.

It is left to be seen if the hundreds of villagers trapped in the bushes would visit the various polling stations to cast their votes.


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