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Nigeria Army Parades 54 Suspected Electoral Offenders In Rivers State

Nigeria Army Parades 54

By Eric Olusesan

The 6th division of the Nigerian army has paraded another set of
suspects who allegedly disrupted the 2019 presidential election in Rivers
state.

Parading the suspects to journalists at the 6 division of the Nigerian army, Bori camp Port Harcourt, on Friday, Col. Aminu Illiyasu, said preliminary investigations revealed that the suspects were moved from the polling units to a hotel to rig the elections in favour of a political party.

He said items recovered from the hotel include 34 ballot boxes
loaded with ballot papers, three card readers, 10 bags containing electoral
materials and Toyota Hiace bus with registration Number Lagos EQ171KRD.

However, a corp member, Mr. Ewitimi Jimicoal, who spoke on behalf
of other colleagues, told journalists that they were whisked away under gun
point by some men and were forced to fill result sheets by some political
thugs.

Jimicoal said, “On Saturday after the Presidential and National Assembly elections, we heard sporadic gunshots at the polling units and immediately, some boys and some community men forced us into a bus and drove us to an unknown location.

“Right there at the place, the boys forced us to forge the result in favour of a political party at gunpoint and out of fear we did so, and while we were still surrounded with guns, the army came and arrested us”.

Also, paraded was a middle aged man, Gogo Meshach, and 42 others, including officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) who were arrested with 142 Permanent Voters Card (PVC), and 42 pages of voters list.

READ ALSO: Rivers 2019 Governorship Election: Why Dumo Lulu-Briggs Won’t Win

The suspects were later handed over to the State Police Command
for further investigations and possible prosecution.

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