There was a serious drama at the 6 Division of the Nigerian Army, Port Harcourt, on Tuesday, as a group of persons arrested for alleged involvement in election malpractice in Saturday’s polls publicly kicked against the action of the Army.
The PUNCH reports that the group of persons including the Rivers State Commissioner for Urban Development, Reason Onya; and some INEC ad hoc staff, maintained that the Army lied against them.
Other suspects — a soldier identified as Major Ubah and a Police officer, Owen, who was said to be the camp commandant of Government House in Port Harcourt — stood their ground that it was wrong for Army to parade them as criminals.
The Deputy Director, Army Public Relations, Col. Aminu Iliyasu, was speaking on the alleged offences of the suspects when Onyia and others cried that the allegations of election malpractices against them were false.
The drama, which was beamed on a national television station, also saw the Army accusing the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, of trying to compromise the Army.
Governor Wike and some ad hoc staff of INEC had earlier accused the Army of intimidation and disruption of Saturday’s elections in Rivers State.