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 “.