Ballotbox snatching: This is the position of the Constitution.
“Section 33(2)(a) and (c) of the 1999 constitution says:
(1)Every person has a right to life, and no one shall be deprived intentionally of his life, save in execution of the sentence of a court in respect of a criminal offence of which he has been found guilty in Nigeria.
(2) A person shall not be regarded as having been deprived of his life in contravention of this section, if he dies as a result of the use, to such extent and in such circumstances as are permitted by law, of such force as is reasonably necessary –
(a) for the defence of any person from unlawful violence or
(b) for the defence of property:
(c) for the purpose of suppressing a riot, insurrection or mutiny.”
“If a person armed with dangerous weapons like bombs, guns, knives and matchetes wants to snatch a ballot box or electoral materials he can be shot dead for the defence of the ballot box and election materials which is the foundation upon which our democracy is built and which is a property of the Nigerian people.
He can be shot dead for unleashing violence and death on INEC officials and innocent voters.
He can be shot dead because he has engaged in a riot against democracy.
He can be shot dead because he has engaged in mutiny and insurrection against democracy and the will of the people to elect people of their choice into public office.”