Imo Police Foil Attempted Invasion Of INEC Office By Hoodlums

Imo Police Foil Attempted Invasion Of INEC Office By HoodlumsThe Imo State Police Command has foiled an attempted invasion of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) office in Owerri by unidentified hoodlums numbering over 30.

When Channels Television crew arrived the office, the situation had been put under control by security operative but our correspondent got the Imo State INEC Administrative Secretary, Mr Adelani Asade, to narrate how the incident happened.

He said that the unidentified hoodlums came in two chartered buses to the premises around 9AM and tried to force their way into the premises by banging the gate.

On sighting them, they called the attention of the Imo State Police Command and other security operatives and with the presence of the security operatives, the hoodlums took to their heels as they were not able to gain access to the offices.

The aim of the hoodlums in the office is yet to be ascertained as at the time of filing this report,.

“It was around 9AM this morning when two buses filled with unidentified hoodlums rushed towards our gate and tried to force their way in. Immediately we saw this, I called the Commissioner of Police who immediately detailed his men to the scene.

“On seeing the Police the boys took to their heels, as at this moment, we don’t know what their aim was, and we can’t identify them,” Mr Asade said.

When contacted, the Commissioner of Police, Taiwo Lakanu, who declined speaking on camera said that investigations were ongoing to ascertain the cause of the attempted invasion.

However, some sources told Channels Television that the invasion might not be unconnected to the ongoing tribunal case on the Imo North senatorial election.

The sources said that at the last sitting of the tribunal, the court ordered INEC to send the certified true copies of some documents used during the election to court for scrutiny.

Meanwhile, security operatives have taken over the premises to forestall any breakdown of law and order.

Police Commissioner Promises Improved Security In Rivers State

Police, Rivers State, SecurityThe new Commissioner of Police in Rivers State, Mr Francis Odesanya, says that the Police will ensure improved security of the state.

The Police Commissioner said this on Monday when he visited the head office of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Port Harcourt, the state capital.

He told the Resident Electoral Commissioner in River State, Aniedi Ikoiwak, that Police officials would visit all INEC offices in the 23 local government areas of the state to ascertain the level of security.

Mr Ikoiwak said that although there was no fixed date yet for the legislative rerun polls, there must be an acceptable sense of security for electoral officers and residents in the state.

Residents and concerned bodies have also expressed worry at the security situation in River State, as they called on the Police and other security agencies to step up their activities, in order to provide safety for lives and property.

The Police Commissioner’s visit comes several days after the office of the electoral body was razed by yet to be identified persons in Bori, a town in Khana Local Government Area.

Although no life was lost in the incident, properties were destroyed and many believe that it contributed to the indefinite postponement of the legislative rerun election.

Imo Election Re-run: INEC Postpones Polls Till Further Notice

Anambra-Imo-INECThe Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has postponed the national and state assembly re-run elections slated for Saturday February 20, till further notice.

Briefing reporters on Friday at the INEC office in Owerri, the capital of Imo State, the Administrative Secretary of the electoral body in the state, Evurulobi Chinedu, said the decision to postpone the election was taken after a careful assessment of the security situation on ground.

Earlier on Friday, a massive protest erupted at the headquarters of the commission, as some irate youths called for the immediate cancellation and postponement of the rerun election.

The youths in their hundreds barricaded the main entrance of the office in the state, alleging that some INEC staff were bias.

The commission, however, debunked the allegations levelled against it, saying it remains committed to giving all political parties a level playing ground in the elections.

Policemen Attack Channels TV, Guardian Newspaper Crew

policemenPolicemen have attacked a joint crew of the media on their way to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) headquarters along Muritala Mohammed Highway, in Calabar.

The joint crew, which comprises a team of Channels Television and Guardian Newspaper was attacked around the Calabar roundabout, by RCC Junction on Sunday evening.

They were said to be on their way to the INEC headquarters in the Cross River State capital, to get an updated information on collation of the election results.

It was also recorded that the men dispensed tear gas into the eyes of a Channels Television stringer on election, Saviour Asuquo, also destroying the camera, as well as other valuable items.

A Guardian reporter, Miss Tina Todo, and the taxi driver were also reportedly manhandled by one of the officers.

Report says that the journalists sought permission from the Policemen on duty before filming the town.