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TMG demands release of detained Akwa Ibom observers

2015-03-28 23:36
Supporters ride in a campaign bus of leading opposition All Progressive Congress (APC) presidential candidate Mohammadu Buhari and his running mate Yemi Osinbajo as they drive past a campaign poster of Nigerian President and candidate to his re-elect ~ PIUS UTOMI EKPEI

Abuja - The Transition Monitoring Group (TMG), the pro-democracy organisation, has demanded that police release two election observers arrested at a polling unit they were stationed in Akwa Ibom State on Saturday.

According to TMG Chairman Ibrahim Zikirullahi, the duo is currently detained at the Divisional Police Station in the area.

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They are held unclear charges although it is believed they were arrested on accreditation issues.

Reports reaching us indicate that two TMG observers have been arrested by the police in Akwa Ibom State. The duo, Edwin Okon and Ibanga Okon were arrested at their polling unit located at Village Square, Udung Ukpong in Akwa Ibom State. They are being currently detained at the Divisional Police Station in the area Zikirullahi said.

He said TMG took exception to this act of intimidation by the police.

We would like to place on record that the two observers were duly accredited by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). They are Nigerian citizens performing their civic duties, Zikirullahi said.

Zikirullahi explained that the observers were carrying out their duties when the police arbitrarily arrested them.

We therefore call on the Police to immediately release the two observers.We are sure that they have done nothing wrong, except for exercising their civic responsibility guaranteed under the Nigerian Constitution and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. We see no reason for their detention without a just cause, he said.

The alleged violations of the observers rights came amid reports members of the main opposition party had been arrested ahead of, and in, election day in Africa's most populous country that went for elections on Saturday to choose a new president.

People's Democratic Party leader, the incumbent Goodluck Jonathan is vying dor the job with All progressives Congress Muhamamadu buhari, the former military ruler.

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