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DELTA: Policemen undergo orderly room trial over election fraud

FOR allegedly aiding politicians to disrupt or manipulate election results in February 25 Presidential and National Assembly elections, the State Police Commissioner, Ali Mohammed Ari, revealed that scores of police personnel are undergoing orderly room trial at State Command Headquarters, Asaba. 

Ari, who made the revelation at the stakeholders’ roundtable advocacy meeting held in Asaba the state capital, did not mention the number of officers being quizzed for tempering with the rules of the game.

    Represented at the meeting by Danjuma Alex, a Chief Superintendent of Police (CSP), Ari assured residents of their safety at various polling units during the Governorship and House of Assembly elections which shifted today to next Saturday, March 18.

   Speaking at event, the Director of National Orientation Agency (NOA), Chris Anyabuine, said Nigeria’s democracy was on course, but “we must embrace the culture of getting things done right, at all times.”

    He advised both the politicians and electorates “to play by the rules of the game since we are still in a learning process”, stressing that “election should not be seen as a do-or- die affair.”

    Also speaking at meeting, the Asagba of Asaba, Prof. Chike Edozien,, represented by Chief Christopher Chukwura, said the Independent National Electoral Commission’s (INEC) refusal to adhere to its own laws was anti-democratic. 

     He warned that the repeat of incidents that occurred during the February 25 presidential elections in the governorship elections would spell disaster for the country.

    On his part, the State Secretary of National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), Chief Tony Igwebuike blamed INEC for the lateness in the distribution of electoral materials to the various wards. He called for adequate logistics to mitigate challenges that could disenfranchise some voters.

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