More than six persons were feared killed in Abonnema, Akoku-Toru Local Government Area of Rivers State during Saturday’s election in Rivers State.
This is just as the State Police Command confirmed the killing of a soldier during a shootout in the area.
Though the State Police Public Relations Office could not give details of how the soldier was killed, it was gathered that gunmen suspected to be political thugs shot and killed the soldier.
It was also gathered that two civilians sustained serious gunshot injuries while guns blazed in Abonnema.
However, a source in Abonnema explained that soldiers killed over six persons, adding that hundreds of indigenes of the area ran helter-skelter during the shootout, which lasted for several minutes.
The source pointed out that six persons known to him were among the dead in Abonema at the end of the shooting.
In the meantime, the Independent National Electoral Commission INEC has announced the postponement of the elections in some parts of Lagos, Rivers and Anambra States following disruption of the exercise due to violence.
Specifically, INEC said elections in Akuku Toru and Bonny local government areas of Rivers state, as well as some parts of Anambra and Lagos, would be conducted on a later date, saying mostly affected is the contest for the federal legislative seats.
“The commission has received reports of violence and ballot box snatching in some areas leading to the disruption of the process. We have asked the Resident Electoral Commissioners RECs and the Electoral Officials on the ground to submit their firsthand reports in relation to some of these incidents.
”We are still receiving reports relating to incidences in some states of the federation but we have received reports relating to incidences in Akuku Toru and Bonny local government areas of Rivers state”.
”So long as the commission could not deploy in these areas, the implication is that voting did not take place in those areas and the commission will hold consultations with the relevant authorities and the Resident Electoral Commissioners RECs in relation to these areas and will announce the date when polls will take place in some of these areas, especially in relation to the areas as they affect the House of Representatives and Senatorial elections”.
“It is not only in Rivers that we had reports of burning of electoral materials. We have such reports from Anambra and Lagos states as well as some other places”, he added.