Tragedy at Bayelsa Supplementary: Four Policemen, Two Soldiers confirmed dead during election Activities

Report gathered that four policemen and two soldiers were among those who lost their lives in Saturday’s supplementary election in Bayelsa State, it has been gathered. No fewer than 12 persons suspected to be militants and security agents were feared killed during the rescheduled election in Southern Ijaw Local Government Area and 102 other polling units across the state.

Apart from the security agents, it was learnt that six civilians alleged to be militants from the neighbouring Delta State were also killed in the violence that occurred in some LGAs in the state, including in Nembe and Ekeremor.

Although security agencies have yet to confirm the deaths, Governor Seriake Dickson, has lamented the development, accusing the All Progressives Congress of being responsible for the killings.

A statement by the governor’s media aide, Daniel Iworiso-Markson, quoted Dickson as saying that security agents provided cover for the APC “to perpetrate violence and rig the elections in the state”.

Dickson’s party, the Peoples Democratic Party, however, claimed that up to 17 “innocent Bayelsans” were killed during the election, including one of the party’s agents.

Violence and ballot snatching had threatened the election with shootings in some parts of the state in the early morning of Saturday, the day of the rerun.

A resident of Ekeremor, who spoke to the Newsmen on condition of anonymity, said some militants attacked Ekeremor, the hometown of the Minister of State for Agriculture and Rural Development, Senator Heineken Lokpobiri, twice. The source said the first attack, which was carried out by some militants suspected to be from Delta State was around 1am, while the second attack took place around 3am.

Investigations showed that the attacks, which were aimed at making it impossible for election to be held in the polling units with 13,000 voters’, were repelled by security agents.

Also, as a result of sporadic shootings in Southern Ijaw, two persons were said to have received gunshot wounds in Agoibiri area. An unconfirmed number of casualties was recorded after the shootings.

The corpses of the dead bodies, numbering seven, were said to have been deposited in Oboro community in Bomadi area of Delta State.

When contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer, Bayelsa State Command, Mr. Asinim Butswat, said he had yet to be briefed on the incidents.

He, however, promised to confirm the incident, saying he only heard that some hoodlums snatched electoral materials in Ogbia and that the police had intensified efforts to recover them.

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