Rivers polling guards dismissed as thugs

WikeEMEKA OKONKWO

ABUJA, (CAJ News) – THE All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate for Rivers South East Senatorial District, Magnus Abe, has called on law enforcers to intervene amid plans by Governor Nyesom Wike to set up polling unit security guards.

Abe called the unit “a band of thugs” that would worsen violence and insecurity in the restive state.

“As we have complained about the Arrest Resistance Committee, they have gone to form Polling Unit Security Guards,” said Abe.

“Whether you call it Arrest Resistance Committee or Polling Unit Security Guards, it is the same wine in a different bottle.”

Speaking in Isiokpo in Ikwerre Local Government Area, he called on the Inspector-General of Police and Director of State Security Services to intervene to save Rivers State from degenerating into anarchy should the governor go ahead to set it for the forthcoming re-run elections.

“They are the ones who told us that this time; nobody will be allowed to do that. Polling unit should be open to all voters and should be guarded by the Nigerian police force.”

The reported formation of the polling unit security guards is thought to be among measures to thwart violence in polls in the state.

Violence has led to the cancellation of previous polls, including the senatorial election scheduled for the end of last month.

CAJ News

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