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Tuesday, 13 December 2016

Federal Government-backed security forces helped incite violence and joined in the rigging of elections and snatching of ballot papers during the December 10 National and State House of Assembly elections in Rivers State. This is according to a report released by CLEEN Foundation, one of the civil society organizations that monitored the elections.
In its report dated Sunday 11 December 2016, CLEEN noted:
"The way and manner in which the election was conducted is a validation of the outcomes of the Security Threat Assessment report, and justifies the concerns of various stakeholders that the outcome of the election will not reflect the will of the people.

"There were serious cases of electoral violence orchestrated by the Police, Army and DSS in Ward 3 Bodo community in Gokana and Khana Local Government Area. This led to the shooting to death of Mr. Mbari John MeeBari.

"At Ward 12, Unit 5, Abonnema, Akuku Toru, Police shot sporadically to scarce away voters. At Sara 1, Sara 2 and Kalakama (Ward 12), Okirika LGA electoral materials were hijacked by the Army and officers of SARS at gunpoint.

"INEC, Police, Army and DSS provided overt and covert support for one of the political parties during the poll at Isiokpo INEC Collation Center,Ikwerre LGA, Ngo in Andoni LGA, Bonny LGA and Ahoada, INEC Staff and security agencies especially the army and police were observed openly aiding a political party."

The group blamed the killing of a police officer, Alkali Mohammed, a deputy superintendent of police, and his orderly, on “unwarranted use of force and shooting”. Mr. Mohammed was beheaded in an ambush at Omoku, Ogba/Ndoni/Egbema LGA.
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