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  • Polls held in LGAs –Witnesses

wikeAN ASSISTANT
Commissioner of Police and
former Area Command of Bori
Zonal Police Command in Rivers
State, Mr. Akuki Kenneth,
yesterday declared that the
Rivers State Governorship
Election on April 11 was
peaceful, with no disruption of
voting in the state, declaring
that he supervised the election
in nine local government areas
where peaceful distribution of
election materials and voting
held successfully.
Similarly, four witnesses
subpoenaed to testify at the
tribunal declared that the
election followed due process
and was not disrupted by
violence.
The witnesses urged the
tribunal to disregard the
statement by soldiers, mobile
policemen and operatives of the
Department of State Services,
DSS, who they accused of
relaying hearsay and lies
since they were not seen at the
respective polling units.
Also, a Chief Superintendent
of Police, CSP, Uche Mike
Chukwuma who served as
Divisional Police Officer for Ahoada East Local Government
Area on election day declared
that the election in his location
was peaceful and violence
free throughout his local
government area.
Testifying at the Rivers
State Governorship Election
Petition Tribunal yesterday,
the Assistant Commissioner
of Police who served in Rivers
State during the governorship
election confirmed that during
his two-phased patrol, he
observed that soldiers were
only deployed to the border of
the local government areas.
He said no soldiers came
to the polling units as it was
reserved for the policemen and
other conventional security
agencies.
“Within the period of my
patrols, I saw soldiers in
clusters at the borders of the
local government areas. They
were never at the polling units.”
Mr. Kenneth listed the local
government areas under his
supervision on election day
include: Khana, Gokana,
Okirika, Ogu/Bolo, Eleme,
Bonny, Opobo /Nkoro, Andoni
and Tai. He said he monitored election in Khana, Gokana, Ogo/
Bolo, Eleme, Okirika and Tai in
two phases of the election, with
no case of violence or threat
to peace reported to him the
policemen on duty.
He added that in the riverine
areas where he did not patrol,
he received reports that the
elections went on peacefully
from the respective Divisional
Police Officers. The local
government areas are: Bonny,
Opobo / Nkoro and Andoni.
The assistant commissioner of
police berated DSP Yusuf Buba
of the Police Mobile Force for
lying on oath before the tribunal
as he was only deployed to the
INEC office in Bori to provide
security, hence he did not patrol.
He said that under the police
disciplinary procedure, if
DSP Buba Yusuf had moved
out of his duty post he would
have been sanctioned. He
declared that DSP Buba never
left his duty post, hence he
lied when he claimed that he
saw people engaged in illegal
thumb printing. He said if the
policeman had seen any illegal
thumb printing, he would have
arrested such persons. He said in the course of his
patrol on election day, he
observed that there was no
violence, accreditation took
place and that he also observed
voters on queue casting their
ballot.
In his testimony, CSP
Chukwuma said the election in
Ahoada East LGA was peaceful
as he monitored the entire
council with two detachments
of policemen and added that
his first phase of monitoring
was held alongside the Electoral
Officer of the area, Mrs Beauty
Anuebunwa without any
incident of violence.
He explained that only
un – armed policemen were
deployed to polling units,
pointing out that the 10 mobile
policemen deployed to his local
government area were with him
on election day.
Commenting on the
testimony by Police Deputy
Superintendent of Police, DSP,
Chisom Ezebuiro, the former
Ahoada East Divisional Police
Officer, DPO, said the APC
witness played no part in the
election as he only led the 63
mobile policemen for the entire
Area Command comprising
14 local government areas to
Ahoada East.
Under cross-examination by
counsel to the Rivers State APC,
Akin Olujimi, SAN), the two
senior police officers maintained
that the election was peaceful
with accreditation and voting
taking place

 


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