Election: Police In Rivers Confirm Four Deaths, 24 Arrests

11:39 Mar 21 2016 Rivers, Nigeria

The Assistant Inspector-General of Police (AIG) in Calabar, Baba Bolanta, supervising elections in Rivers State, has confirmed the death of four persons in the March 19, 2016 rerun elections in the volatile state.

Elections have been cancelled in eight of the 23 local council areas in the state due to violence and irregularities.

The Commander of 2 Brigade, Nigerian Army, Port Harcourt, Brig.-Gen. Stephenson Olabanji, has also confirmed the arrest of Secretary to Rivers Government.

Also confirmed to have been arrested is a Special Assistant to the governor.
Olabanji disclosed this on Sunday at joint security news conference in Port Harcourt.

He said that both men were arrested in Gokana and Khana Local Government Area on Saturday for allegedly committing electoral offences.

“Many people were arrested yesterday for disrupting the electoral process and the law is not meant for just the lower cadre alone.

“No matter who you are, if you go against the law, you will definitely face the music.

“So, there is nothing like being Secretary to the State Government; many people were arrested as you have been told; a lot of people were arrested,” he said.

Olabanji denied claims by the state government that some commissioners and other top officials were manhandled by the Army during the re-run elections.

In his contribution, the Assistant Commissioner of Police, Zone Six, Calabar, Mr Adisa Bolanta, said four deaths were recorded while 22 persons were arrested during the elections.

Bolanta said that the suspects were being interrogated on allegations of criminal or electoral offences.

He said that deployments made by the police assisted in reducing
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