Rivers Rerun: Cases Of Theft Of Electoral Materials Reported

 

MDI Faults over 20, 000 security  operatives  deployed  for deliberate laxity to create room for pre-meditated theft

A group, Media Development Initiative,  MDI,  has called on security  agencies  to  immediately  identify  and prosecute those involved  in  the  theft of 520 result sheets  for 520 polling  units  in Rivers  State. 

isIn a statement  issued  in Port Harcourt  on  Thursday night, the group  said that the theft of the result sheets in custody  of Federal Government  agencies  is disheartening. 

 

The Statement  signed by  Mrs Georgina Awaule regretted that despite the deployment  of over 20,000 security  personnel,  sensitive  result sheets could be stolen.

 

The group called on all civil and international  observers to remain vigilant  as the security  agencies  who allowed the theft may have been compromised.

 

They also berated Aniedi Ikoiwak, INEC REC in Rivers State who  confirmed the missing result sheets for negligence.  They wondered why  Ikoiwak would  also not confess that APC  leaders were prominent  on the INEC Adhoc list as has been confirmed  by Gift Worlu,  an APC member  and lecturer at UNIPORT.

 

According  to  the group, it is unfortunate  that  INEC, security  agencies  and Adhoc staff  by the theft of the result sheets have proven that they were involved  in  under-the-table activities.

 

They urged Rivers  people not to be intimidated  but to remain  focused in monitoring  the  entire  process from the distribution  of voting materials  to collation and the declaration  of  results.

 

The statement  read: “This theft of result sheets as unfortunate  as it is an eye-opener that Rivers  people must remain  vigilant.  It is not the number  of  security  operatives  in the state that matter,  it is the vigilance  of the people  that count. Nobody  knows who is a thief in this process” .


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