PH Govt House press reports how INEC electoral officer for Okrika recounted soldiers snatching of results

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PIC. 5. A MAN VOTES DURING THE SUPPLEMENTARY BAYELSA GOVERNORSHIP ELECTION AT OTUOKPOTI WARD 2, UNIT 15 ONUEBUM IN OGBIA L.G.A. OF BAYELSA ON SATURDAY (9/1/16). 0171/9/1/2016/AO/BJO/NAN

The INEC Electoral Officer of Okrika Local Government Area of Rivers State, Mr Leo Okon, has stated that soldiers of the Nigerian Army invaded INEC office in Okrika and snatched results of the Presidential  and National Assembly elections for the Local Government Area.

Speaking at the Rivers East Senatorial District Collation Centre on Monday, the Okrika Local Government Area Electoral Officer said that the invading soldiers were led by one Captain Inuwa.

He regretted  that prior to snatching the entire results, the soldiers frightened the collation officials  through massive shootings and violence.

According to him, the Collation Officers moved to the INEC office because of widespread violence on Election Day.

He stated that earlier on Election Day, some security personnel snatched election materials for some wards. He listed the affected wards. However, he said elections held in all the other wards.

Leo Okon  said: “I am here to present a report on the elections  for the Presidential and National Assembly elections for Okrika Local Government Area. We actually deployed men and materials  for the elections.  It will interest you to know that materials for ward 6, 7, 8, 9 were going to the super RAC centre, I was informed that the materials were diverted to an unknown destination.

“Every other ward went successfully  to he polling units.  Elections  were held. At the end of polls, there were heavy gunshots.  Poll officials could not collate form EC 8a at the polling units.  They opted to come to INEC office at Okrika for solace and to continue filling form EC 8a.

“At the collation   for ward level, a military  team of soldiers led by one Captain Inuwa  came and ordered the suspension  of collation.  He ordered  his men to do away with every other material, including the results being collated by the collation officials.  The materials  were carted away with nothing left for me to present as an evidence for this election.  As I speak with you, I have no record or results to present for collation at this collation centre “.

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