Hundreds Of Permanent Voters Card Discovered By Hunters In Bayelsa

Commandant of Nigeria Hunters and Forest Security Services, Moses Okanu, speaks after handing over the 320 recovered PVCs to INEC in Bayelsa State on July 27, 2022.

 

Hunters under the aegis of the Nigeria Hunters and Forest Security Services have discovered over 320 Permanent Voters Cards in Bayelsa State.

The hunters handed over the hundreds of PVCs to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Wednesday in Yenagoa, the state capital.

While handing over the cards to INEC, the Commandant of the association, Moses Okanu, disclosed that they were found at an uncompleted building along the AIT/Elebele Road in Yenagoa.

He said the items were recovered when his men were combing the bushes and forests on Tuesday around Asikoro and Elebele in the state.

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Okanu stated that the hunters were attracted by a noise in the forest, and upon approaching the uncompleted building; the occupants of the facility fled the scene.

“We have been combing the bushes in the nooks and crannies because of the happening we have been hearing in the bushes. We started from Azikoro and went through Elebele,” he said

“In the course of our going round, we ran into an uncompleted building in the bush and we heard some noise with our usual way of operation to ascertain those who were there, the people sighting us started to jump out of the windows of the uncompleted building.

“So, we were able to penetrate into the building and what we saw was the abandoned voters’ cards. So knowing full well that these are Federal Government property and the only authority empowered or authorised by law to keep custody of these items is INEC, we have to recover them and decided to bring it to the Commission.”

Receiving the voters’ card on behalf of the Resident Electoral Commission, Dr Alex Hart, INEC Administrative Secretary, Okop Umobong, said the commission will investigate the circumstances that led to the cards being found in the forest.

The INEC official also commended the Hunters Association for bringing the cards to the commission as well as keeping the neighbourhood safe.

According to him, the INEC investigation would determine whether the PVCs were abandoned in the process of printing or belonged to genuine voters.

Adamawa Govt Bans Professional Hunters Association Across State

A photo taken on November 22, 2021, shows Adamawa State Governor, Umaru Fintiri.

 

The Adamawa State government has banned the operations of the Professional Hunters Association of Nigeria across the state.

A spokesman for Governor Umaru Fintiri, Humwashi Wonosikou, in a statement on Monday, said the government would enforce the ban in all 21 local government areas of the state, especially in Demsa, Numan, Lamurde, Guyuk, and Shelleng LGAs.

He explained that the government took the decision following reports of abuse of rules of engagement and lack of regard for the traditional institution and security agencies.

“The operations and activities of the association in the five (aforementioned) local governments have become a source of concern and insecurity, instead of the security it is fashioned to provide,” Governor Fintiri was quoted as saying in the statement.

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According to him, the activities of the group are capable of causing public disturbance and as a result, its members should desist from performing any function under the guise of providing security to the public.

“More worrisome is the fact that the association operates independently of any security organisation in the five local government areas thereby giving room for suspicion of their motive and intentions, especially that they operate in uniforms of our security agencies and at odd hours,” the governor added.

Stressing that security is the responsibility of all residents, Governor Fintiri, said: “No group or anybody will be allowed to take the law into their hands, or disrespect security agencies and the traditional institution”.

He ordered the security agencies to ensure that members of the proscribed association adhere to the directive of the government, saying authorities would not fold their arms and watch criminals have their way.

“I urge the security agencies and the traditional institution to collaborate and ensure that peace is maintained across the state before, during, and after the yuletide and new year festivities,” he said.