Rivers Election: Police Says Election A Huge Success,Parades Suspected Criminals

Rivers Election: Police Says Election A Huge Success,Parades Suspected Criminals


The suspects being paraded

The Nigerian Police high command yesterday, paraded five suspected gunmen whom they say were used by one of the political parties in Rivers State to hijack electoral materials in the just concluded National Assembly and State House of Assembly Elections. The police also describes the election as a huge success:

“It is a statement of fact that the recently concluded Rivers State parliamentary election held on 10th December 2016 from security perspectives was a huge success. Arguably, the conduct of the election in terms of police performance was acknowledged by major stakeholders as distinctively professional and a well-organized election when compared with previous elections in the state which major hallmarks were violence, disruption of electoral process, wanton destruction of lives and property.”

Those arrested are as follows:

  1. Noble Nwaerema ‘m’
  2. Dike Deinpiribo ‘m’
  3. Valentine Alalibo ‘m’
  4. Onwunari J. Warmate ‘m’
  5. Iloke Stephen ‘m’

Exhibits recovered from the suspects include:

  1. A green INEC branded bag
  2. Eight (8) booklets of ballot papers meant for Emohua LGA
  3. One (1) booklet of INEC Accreditation Incident Report Forms
  4. One (1) booklet of statement of results
  5. One (1) blood stained APC agent ID card

Arms and ammunition recovered from the suspects include:

One (1) AK47 rifle

One (1) assault rifle

Six (6) magazines

112 rounds of live ammunition

The suspects were responsible for several armed attacks that took place during the elections in places like Abonnema, Emuoha, Elele, Eteche and Omoku where a police officer was gruesomely killed. The rifles and 112 rounds of ammunition were recovered from them. Other members of the killer gang fled and detectives are on their trail.

The Police accused some politicians of deliberately promoting violence but added that all their plans failed:

“The attempt by some major political gladiators in the state to foist violence and trigger an atmosphere of insecurity failed woefully. These political gladiators and major stakeholders clandestinely promoted violence and exhibited abuse of power and office.

In the course of the re-run election, some suspects who attempted to scuttle the electoral process were arrested and sensitive INEC materials were recovered from them, arms and ammunition inclusive.”







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