Police storm collation centre in Imo, stop INEC from announce result

By Liberty Oseni

The police have stormed collation centre in the Orlu area of Imo state and ordered the Interdependent National Electoral Commission (INEC) not to announce election results. 

The police led by Mr. Bolaji Fafowora, the state Police Commissioner stormed the collation centre and stopped Mr. Francis Chukwuemeka Ezeonu, the state’s Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) from announcing the result of last Saturday’s supplementary elections that took place in Orlu/Orsu/Oru East federal constituency. 

The election was said to have witnessed the invasion of the collation centre by some persons suspected to be thugs after results from 14 out of 18 polling units had been announced. 

The order by the police to stop the announcement was rejected by the REC and other INEC officials present at the collation centre. 

The situation was brought under control via the intervention of Mrs. Agbamuche Mbu, INEC commissioner-in-charge of South-South, who educated the police on the guidelines. 

Angry with the police action, INEC official was heard saying, “My friend, can you allow me to do my job?” while the police commissioner who was alleged to have made several phone calls on the order of what to do, was forced to leave the centre and allowed the INEC official to continue on their duty. 

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