Just In: Soldiers, Policemen Clash at Rivers Collation Centre

Soldiers and policemen are currently engaged in a heated argument at the head office of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Rivers state.

TheCable reports that mayhem broke out over who should be in charge of the office which is the state collation centre where result of the governorship election will be announced.

The soldiers had ordered some policemen to leave the premises, and after a while the policemen reinforced, forcing their way in.

Soldiers had manned the gate and a colonel who appeared to be their commander ordered the policemen to move away.

Minutes later, a policeman returned to the gate and he was refused entrance. He called on others, and while the argument started, the policemen forced the gate opened, pushing the soldiers away.

“We are equally here on duty,” one of the policemen who doesn’t want to be named told TheCable.

“How will the army come and ask us not to do the job we’ve been deployed to do?”

It is also understood that some INEC officials left the premises as a result of the clash between the security agencies.

“Since the army wants to take over, let them go and collate the results,” an angry official said.

Civil society groups and observers have condemned the involvement of the military in elections, particularly in Rivers State where the home of a commissioner was invaded by armed soldiers last week.

, ,

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *