Ogoja/Yala: Residents Raises Alarm As Armed Men In Army Uniform Take Over Communities Ahead of Saturday By-Election
Some men in Nigerian Army uniform are said to have taken over the Ogoja/Yala Federal Constituency ahead of the by-election on Saturday, February 26, 2022, to replace Mr Jarigbe Agom, who just transferred to the Senate.
The personnel were allegedly drafted from the Nigerian Army’s 13th Brigade in Calabar to invade communities in the run-up to the nationally concurrent by-elections scheduled for the Ogoja-Yala Federal Constituency.
According to a reputable source in Ogoja, the persons dressed in army uniforms are actually thugs paid by the All Progressive Congress (APC) government to scare the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate and supporters.
“The individuals are not troops, but thugs who were given clothes purportedly made from the Garment Factory in order to scare the PDP candidate and supporters as the election approaches on Saturday.” The worry that the PDP has the public on their side is what I believe is fueling the issue. The incident has been reported, according to the source.
Last Saturday, officers from different Nigerian security agencies attempted to halt the by-election campaign in Calabar, the state capital, which was chaired by Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State”.
Efforts to reach the Nigerian Army for comments proved abortive at the time of filing this report.
Meanwhile, a press statement from the Nigeria Police Force has restricted vehicular and other forms of movements for the Ogoja/Yala Federal and Akpabuyo State Constituencies by-election on Saturday, February 26, 2022.
In the statement sighed by SP Irene Ugbo, Police Public Relations Officer, Cross River State Command on Wednesday, February 23, 2022, the police said: “in our determination to maintain law and order, during the upcoming Ogoja/Yala Federal and Akpabuyo State Constituencies by-elections on Saturday 26th February 2022, wishes to inform the general public that, there will be restriction of vehicular and other forms of movements.
“It is observed sadly that people of doubtful agenda are moving to the areas of the by-election for reasons unknown. In view of our desire for a free, fair, and credible election, only voters whose polling units are involved will be allowed movement during the election.
“The Command on behalf of all other security agencies reassures law-abiding citizens of their security during the election. The command also finds it necessary to warn those who are planning to ferment trouble or being brought to form any unwholesome acts will face full consequences.
“The behavioural attitude from Electoral Act will not be condoled as additional measures are in place to curtail and deal with any undue act. All the security services will function as one system in regards to guarantee the assurances in securing lives and property.
“Members of the public are hereby enjoined, to go about their lawful businesses and cooperate with the Police, throughout the period of the election, please”.