Delta State university graduate and Lagos State resident, Jennifer Efidi in an interview with Sunday Punch, recounted what happened at her polling unit at Dipolubi street in Surulere, on February 25th as they queued to vote in the February 25 presidential and National Assembly elections.
Recall that Efidi was the woman in the viral video with a swollen face and blood streaming down her right cheek after she was attacked by election disruptors in Lagos.
she said that she had been energetic to exercise her franchise that Saturday morning but the voting process was slow as INEC officials decided to attend to the elderly and disabled persons first. However, after an hour, Efidi said someone called her attention to a group of boys with strange faces on the other side of the road. According to her, the boys were discussing among themselves and she went back to pressing her phone when suddenly she felt a huge impact on her face and heard a gunshot. She said people saw her and scampered for safety while she ran into the building, asking for help.
She said, "At first, I didn’t notice them because I was on my phone, but it was someone who sat close to me that called my attention to the strange faces. They were on the other side of the road and didn’t come close to us; they didn’t say anything to us but were discussing among themselves and they started walking down to the other end of the road, voting continued and the queue was moving. After an hour, I really didn’t notice anything. But suddenly, I just felt a huge impact on my face and simultaneously, I heard a gunshot. At that moment, I felt I had been shot. I felt it was a bullet because I held my face and noticed blood dripping; blood was just gushing out and I was shouting and asking for help".
“My second eye was open and I could see that people were running away; everybody that sighted me screamed and ran away and I ran into the building where our polling unit was until a woman held me and used the handkerchief she had to put pressure on my face but that couldn’t stop the bleeding".
The lady further narrated that she was taken to the hospital where she was stitched up. She said that coming back to vote with the support of her husband gave her a sense of fulfillment and relief after everything that happened.
How will you describe Mrs Jennifer Efidi?
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