See the young engineering graduate shot dead on Saturday election Edo State

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On Saturday, 25 February 2023, Nigerians went out in mass to vote for their next President. However, not all of them returned home to their families.

In Benin City, Edo State, Festus Idahosa, 33, friendly called Deve, a graduate of Material and Mythological Engineering from the Federal University of Technology, Akure, Ondo State, was one of the victims of the violence of Saturday's election.

Idahosa was shot dead by politicians' thugs and ballot snatchers in Unit 34 polling station of Ward 5, Oghehe, on Sapele road in Ikpoba Okha local government area.

According to The Standard Gazette's correspondent Festus Alenkhe's findings, hoodlums stormed the voting centre around 6pm while counting ballot papers. They shot directly into the crowd, killing the graduate on the spot.

Festus Idahosa, 33, killed in Benin City while casting his vote on Saturday 25 February 2023
Festus Idahosa, 33, was killed in Benin City while casting his vote on Saturday, 25 February 2023

The situation led to the disruption of the voting centres as everyone in sight ran for safety. The ballot boxes and papers were destroyed, according to the information gathered.

The body of Idahosa has been deposited in the mortuary.

Festus Idahosa hailed from the Egbokor community in Orhionmwon local government area of Edo State and left behind his parents, brothers and sisters.

In an interview with The Standard Gazette, a family member of Idahosa's who spoke on the phone said, "I was one of those they called on the phone to go to the scene where my brother was shot. I quickly rushed there and took him to the hospital, but he could not survive the gunshot.

"I want to appeal to the Edo State police commissioner and the Edo State government to set up a high-powered investigative team to fish out my brother's killers.

He was a brilliant and upcoming engineer whose life was cut short while trying to exercise his civic responsibility in Nigeria."

Edo state Police Public Relations Officer SP Chidi Nwabuzor said the police have since commenced an investigation into the incident.

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