The 6 division of Nigeria Army has again handed over 50 suspects arrested for various electoral offenses in the just concluded Feb 23rd presidential and house of Assembly general election in the state.
The garrison commander of 6 division Nigeria ARMY Brigd. Abiola Khalajaiye while handing over the suspects to the Nigerian police, said thirteen out of the total of 53 were arrested on the 21st of Feb in Degema Local Government Area are alledged political thugs planning to disrupt the presidential and house assembly general election. He said “preliminary investigation revealed that the suspects are members of IJAW YOUTH CONGRESS (IYC)who travelled from Yenegoa, Bayelsa state into HARRIS TOWN rivers state and had a meeting with Ex agitator Alhaji Asari Dokubo and that the purpose of the meeting could not be ascertained”
Also Speaking to newsmen, The Army Public Relation Officer, Col AHMED ILLIYASU said 39 persons were arrested in Gokana LGA for alledged conspiracy for diversion National Youth Service Corps members and INEC ADHOC staff in a hotel altering the results of the already concluded elections He said “following a tip off, troops deployed at GOKANA LGA for OPERATION SAFE CONDUCT for the general election arrested 39 suspects including 11corps members and one driver, while others were INEC ADHOC Staff with sensitive electoral materials in a known hotel within the LGA. Preliminary investigation revealed that the suspects were moved to the hotel rig election in favor of a political party. Items recovered from the hotel include 34 Ballot Boxes loaded with Ballot papers,3 Card Readers, 10 bags containing electoral materials and Toyata Hiace Bus” He also informed news men that one GOGO MARSHALL was arrested at checking point at Asarama in Andoni LGA on Sunday morning after the election with one hundred forty-two permanent voters card PVCs belonging to indigenes of the locality and original copies of Voters list for the LGA.
In their response Obed Michael, an assistant presiding officer INEC APO and Eyitemi Jimmycole, who spoke on behalf of the youth corps and INEC adhoc staff Respectively said they were kidnapped by hoodlums as the election came to close by 2PM he said gunmen attacked the polling unit shot sporadically into the air and whiskered them into a waiting bus and taken to an unknown hotel and was forced to alter the empty results sheets in favor of a particular political party.