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
- CAJ News