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Incumbent alleges army's role in Bayelsa poll chaos

10 December 2015, 09:42Augustine Osayande

Abuja - Bayelsa State Governor, Seriake Dickson, has decried the alleged human rights violations by the Nigerian Army during last weekend’s poll.

“My position is clear which is that some officers of the army committed a lot of atrocities. There was gross misconduct from most of them. I do have a lot of respect for the military as an institution but will be failing in my duty if I don't point out the flagrant misconduct and the impunity with which the rights of the good people of Bayelsa State were violated,” Dickson said.

His sentiments came days after the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) declared the poll outcome inconclusive.

Dickson, the People’s Democratic Party candidate, said soldiers were partly to blame for the misconduct that characterized the poll.

He said soldiers were in custody of sensitive electoral material and handed them over to some militants supporting the All Progressives Congress and gave the militants protection and cover instead of arresting them.

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“They agreed with them on the modalities of diverting electoral materials that were entrusted to their care and custody and brutalised my supporters.

"They were everywhere even exchanging fire with police officers who were on legitimate electoral duties, fighting over custody of electoral material,” Dickson bemoaned.

He said some soldiers overpowered unarmed civilians, INEC staff even police officers before handing over the electoral material to known militant supporters of APC.

“It was war not elections and this left the people outraged and traumatized,” he said.

The army had not commented on the allegations.

Dickson added his Special Advicers in Brass were attacked where APC candidate, Timipre Sylva, hails from.

“So the APC never planned for an election but war and they had stock piles of dangerous weapons in every community,” said Dickson.

- CAJ News


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