14th December, 2015
Okafor Ofiebor/Port Harcourt
The Nigerian Army has paraded nine suspected political thugs arrested from Southern Ijaw Local Government during the 5 and 6 December state governorship election.
The Commander of 2 Brigade of ‘Operation Safe Conduct,’ Brigadier-General Stevenson Olabanji, while parading the suspects in Yenagoa said some of them were arrested with cloned and stolen Permanent Voter’s Cards.
The army also recovered five AK 47 rifles and live ammunition from the suspects.
He said the suspects have been handed over to the police for further interrogation and prosecution.
In his remarks, the Bayelsa State Commissioner of Police, Nasiru Oki ,said the arrest was due to the synergy between the various security agencies.
He said the suspects have been moved to Abuja for further investigation to know those behind their nefarious acts.
Since the inconclusive Governorship election in Bayelsa State both All Progressives Congress, APC, and the Peoples Democratic Party, have slammed the security agencies for alleged partisan roles played during the polls in favour of either party.
But the security agencies have denied culpability.