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Rivers Rerun: Why We Arrested Wike’s Aide, SSG – Army


The Nigeria Police have confirmed that four people were killed during the legislative re-run elections in Rivers State on Saturday.

The Assistant Inspector General of Police, Zone Six, Calabar, Adisa Bolanta, said four deaths were recorded while 22 persons were arrested during the elections.

AIG Bolanta disclosed this on Sunday at joint security press conference in Port Harcourt, the Rivers capital.

According to him, the suspects were being interrogated on allegations of criminal or electoral offences.

He also said deployments made by the police assisted in reducing election related offences.

In the same vein, the Commander of 2 Brigade, Nigerian Army, Port Harcourt, Stephenson Olabanji, confirmed the arrest of the Secretary to the Rivers State Government, Kenneth Kobani.

Also confirmed to have been arrested is a Special Assistant to the governor, Cyril Dum Wite.

Mr. Olabanji, a Brigadier General, said both Rivers government officials were arrested in Gokana and Khana Local Government Area respectively 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.

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

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