Report made it known that men of the 222 Battalion, Agbarha-Otor, Ughelli North Local Government Area of Delta State have recovered 8 Ballot Boxes and 310 Permanent Voters Card, PVCs from suspected political thugs who tried to use them for election irregularities during the March 28 presidential and national assembly elections.
Addressing newsmen Friday during a show of force exercise aimed at reassuring electorates of the commitment of security agencies in protecting them during and after the governorship and state House of Assembly election, the Commanding Officer of the battalion, Lt. Col. Mathew Oyekola stated that owing to the success of the exercise, the system has deemed it fit for it to be repeated ahead of the April 11 elections.
He said: “As a command, we made series of successes in stemming the tide of election irregularities by arresting some persons who wanted to perpetrate violence as well as the recovery of 8 ballot boxes and 310 PVCs at Ndokwa East Local Government Area.
“The suspects and the electoral materials have since been handed over to the police and the Returning Officer for the LGA.”
Areas covered by the show of force exercise include; Ughelli North, Ughelli South, Isoko North, Isoko South and Ethiope East.
Others are Ndokwa East, Ndokwa West, Bomadi and Burutu Local Government Areas.