Sunday, August 19, 2018

Rivers bye-election: Man escapes death as stray bullet pierces bedroom wall

The Rivers bye-election which took place yesterday, had reports of violence and Facebook user, Dora Wobo has narrated how her father escaped death by a stray bullet.

According to Dora, the stray bullet pierced through her father’s bedroom wall, but didn’t him. Sharing photos, she wrote;
“GOD has done it again!
GOD just saved my Dad from #Stray_Bullet right in his bed room
Because of this nanses assembly bye-election in Phalga (Rivers State) and nanses Army shooting any how
What kind of country are we living in sef?
Biko thank GOD for us
This #GOD is too Good ooooo” she wrote.
The bye-election for Poet Harcourt Constituency 3 in the Rivers State House of Assembly, was marred by heavy gunshots, thuggery and snatching of electoral materials.

Thugs had unleashed mayhem,  beating innocent persons many of whom were critically injured.

The violence witnessed in the Rivers bye-election, forced the Independent National Electoral Commission to suspend Saturday’s House of Assembly bye-election for Port Harcourt Constituency 3.

INEC’s Resident Electoral Commissioner, Mr. Obo Iffanga, said in a statement that the decision was taken based on the violence unleashed by political thugs and security operatives during the exercise.

Iffanga explained that the bye-election began peaceful until miscreants, accompanied by security agents stormed various polling units and disrupted the exercise.

He said, “The election commenced peacefully in all the units with all the INEC personnel (ad hoc and permanent) with all their materials reporting to their duty posts well ahead of time.
“However, midway in to the elections, miscreants and hoodlums, accompanied by security personnel, stormed the various polling units and registration areas.
“They disrupted voting activities, and carted away election materials, including smart card readers and ballot boxes. In addition, many electoral officials were manhandled, injured and held hostage.
“The widespread disruption of the electoral process as reported by our supervisory presiding officers and in accordance with the provisions of Section 26 of the Electoral Act 2010 (as amended), made INEC to suspend the election forthwith.”

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