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Rivers Poll: CSOs Apologise To Army Over Verbal Attacks

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A Coalition of Civil Society Organisations in Rivers State, has apologised to the Nigerian Army over the verbal attacks on it and its personnel in respect of the suspended March 9 Governorship and State House of Assembly elections in the state.

This is as the leadership of the Inter-Party Advisory Council (IPAC) in Rivers State, yesterday staged a peace-walk to the headquarters of the Department of State Services (DSS) and the Nigeria Police, respectively with a call on INEC to conclude the collation of the result of the governorship election in the state.

Leader of the CSOs and Chancellor of the International Society for Social Justice and Human Rights (ISSJHR), Dr Jackson Omenazu, spoke yesterday while addressing newsmen after leading members of the coalition on a protest march to the headquarters of 6 Division, Nigerian Army, Port Harcourt.

During the visit, the placard-carrying protesters handed  a letter of commendation to the Nigerian Army, which was represented by the Commander, Military Police, Colonel AD Abubakar, who promised to deliver the letter to the appropriate quarters.

Jackson described as unnecessary, the indictment and allegations of professional misconducts on the Nigerian Army by Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) over its alleged suspension of polls in the state.

He said: “We are here today to console, condole and commend the 6 Division, Nigerian Army for being professional in your conduct during the polls and for the loss of your officers.

“Without your presence and intervention, the election would have been characterized by killings, just like what we had in 2015 when the state was described as a theatre of war.

“We are standing by the General Officer Commanding the 6 Division for providing adequate security during the election in the state. This institution shouldn’t have been disparaged by desperate politicians because they provided security for the election”.

He said: “Let the election process continue in Rivers State. We are telling INEC to follow through with the process. We condemn in totality, the calls by a few persons for the removal of the Resident Electoral Commissioner, Obo Effanga. We want him to continue and conclude his job”.

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