Collation Of Results Ongoing In Rivers Legislative Rerun

Rivers RerunCollation of results is ongoing at various federal and state collation centers for the national and state assembly elections in Rivers State.

Elections are also expected to be concluded in Akuku Toru Local Government Area (LGA) of the state in south-south Nigeria.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had released an interim statement rescheduling the conclusion of the rerun election in 14 units spread across wards 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 in Akuku Toru LGA for Sunday from 12 noon.

INEC said it was taking stock of the situation in other local government areas where collation was underway.

Meanwhile, the fall out of the election has triggered reactions from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state.

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While the PDP claimed that the APC in connivance with the military and the police were obstructing the process in their favour, the APC maintained that the presence of the military brought the excesses of many politicians under control.

The PDP spokesman in Rivers State, Samuel Nwanosike, had also alleged that the military and INEC were obstructing the process in Ikwere, Emohua and Andoni LGAs of the state.

In his reaction, the General Officer Commanding 6 Division, Major General Kasimu Abdulkarim, denied allegations of intimidation, snatching of ballot boxes and killings leveled against the military during the re-run elections.

Rivers Rerun: Army Denies Allegations Of Electoral Misconduct

General Abdulkarim said the claims were not only false, but a calculated attempt to tarnish the image of the Nigerian Army and wipe public sentiment.

He noted that although the soldiers provided perimeter defence to ward off armed hoodlums and miscreants, the military remained apolitical.

Navy Deploys Security Stations, Gunboats To Choke Points In Niger Delta

Nigerian Navy, Niger Delta, Choke PointsThe Nigerian Navy has deployed maritime security stations with fully equipped surveillance gadgets and gunboats to choke points in Nigeria’s Niger Delta region.

The Navy says the deployment is in line with efforts to sustain the fight against crude oil theft and other maritime crimes across the country.

The Flag Officer Commanding Eastern Naval Command, Rear Admiral James Oluwole, made the disclosure during an operation visit to the latest deployment to Cawthorne Channel in Kalabari in Akuku Toru Local Government Area of Rivers State.

He noted that more stations would be deployed to the choke points which have been identified as routes for high rate of crude oil theft and other insecurity challenges.

In his remark, the Commander of NNS Pathfinder, Commodore Obi Egbuchulam, revealed that 120,000 litres of crude oil which he said was careful disguised has been uncovered by the station.

 

Suspected Sea Pirates Killed Four Marine Policemen In Rivers, Resident Says

Police, Sea Pirates, RiversFour marine police officers have been killed by suspected sea pirates in Rivers State in south-south Nigeria, residents of a community in the Niger Delta said.

The incident followed the purported hijack of a gunboat with the policemen on board abducted in Abonnema waterways in Akuku Toru Local Government Area of Rivers State.

A community source said the gunboat left Abonnema Wharf Jetty for a routine patrol when it was attacked by the suspected armed militants on Sunday.

One of the corpse was seen floating on Monday with gunshot wounds after the other three had been recovered earlier, with the gunboat missing, the source said.

The Police Public Relations Officer in Rivers State, DSP Nnamdi Omoni told Channels Television that the command had begun compiling its report.

However, the police authority in the state is yet to issue an official statement on the incident as at the time of this report.

This is coming after the military in the region, in operations to end the attacks of militants on oil installations, suffered a setback, losing some officials in a boat mishap.

A boat carrying the officials capsized and efforts to rescue them was hampered by high tides, some residents of the community that came to rescue the officials said.

The military has launched two operations in the region – Operation Delta Safe and Exercise Crocodile Smile – to quell resurgence of militancy in the region that holds the nation’s wealth.

However, splinter groups have continued to emerge even after a group that has claimed responsibility for most of the attacks on oil facilities said it has agreed to ceasefire and begin negotiation with the Federal Government.