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Abducted election observers handed over to Police

Emma Amaize

WARRI- THE 10 election observers of the Transition Monitoring Group, TMG, who were held hostage by youths of some communities in Delta State, during Saturday’s presidential poll, were handed over to the police at the Koko Police Station, Koko in Warri North local government area of Delta state .

Delta state coordinator of TMG, Oghenejabor  Ikimi Esq told  Vanguard at about 4.00 pm that information that just reached him indicated that the observers were brought to Koko police station, Koko, where they were detained for yet to be ascertained reasons.

He gave the names of the arrested observers as Okotie-Eboh Samuel, Okuboye Jimmy, Iweha Charles, Dukuye Edirin, Ogbe Collins, Adams Okiemute, Isaac Lucky, Osadjere Paul, Ohowojero Samuel and Lucky Anayifek.

Ikimi said he was surprised that the election observers were made to pass through such ordeal when they wore TMG vests and had with them identity cards of the body, where were shown to their captors.

Contacted on the matter, the Delta State police spokesman, Mr. Charles Muka told Sunday Vanguard that the matter was being addressed.

“As I speak to you now, I am at the office of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to see how we can iron out the matter”.

A source said it was actually the villagers that seized the election observers and confiscated their identity cards.

Meanwhile, Sunday Vanguard observed at about 3.00 pm that some there was no result sheet at unit 8, ward 5, Uvwie local government area after voting for the INEC officials to enter the results of the election. But the PDP and DPP agents told Sunday Vanguard that all the agents reached a consensus agreement that the officials should enter the result later for President Goodluck Jonathan.

Quite a number of polling units in Udu local government area did not also have result sheets to enter the results of the election and the NYSC members that conducted the voting  looked helpless.

Multiple thumb printing were, however, observed at units 11 and 12, ward 7 in Ovwian, ward 10at Aladja and a unit at Amukpe old Road, Sapele.


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