Army clarifies arrest of SSG, gives death toll in Rivers poll

– Police revealed how many were killed
during the Rivers rerun election
– Army gives reasons for the arrest of
Kenneth Kobani
The Nigerian police have released an official
death toll for the rerun election in Rivers
state on March 19, Saturday.
Adisa Bolanta, the assistant inspector
general of police in zone six, Calabar,
confirmed that four deaths were recorded
while 22 people were arrested during the
poll.
He revealed this at a joint security press
conference in Port Harcourt.
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Bolanta said suspects were being quizzed
on accusations of criminal or electoral
offences.
According to him, deployments made by the
police helped in reducing election-related
crimes.
In the same vein, the commander of 2
brigade of Nigerian army, Stephenson
Olabanji, explained the arrest of the
secretary to the Rivers state government,
Kenneth Kobani.
He said that a special assistant to the
governor was also arrested.
Olabanji added that both men were
arrested
in Gokana and Khana local
government area on Saturday for
supposedly committing electoral offences.
His words: “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.
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“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 denied reports by the state government
that some commissioners and other top
officials were manhandled by the army
during the re-run polls.
The violence erupted during the federal and
state legislative rerun elections in Rivers
state.
Kobani has now been released from police
custody.
At the same time Nigeria’s electoral body
has delayed all further action on the
election to the National Assembly and the
House of Assembly.

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