Rivers State Governor, Rotimi Amaechi, has imposed a dusk-to-dawn curfew on Port Harcourt, the state capital, hours after the Independent National Electoral Commission announced the result of the presidential and National Assembly elections in the state.
In a statement signed by the Secretary to the State Government, George Feyi, the governor said the curfew will hold from 7pm to 6am, Premium Times reports.
“The curfew will continue till further notice,” a part of the statement said.
The declaration of the curfew comes amidst heightened tension occasioned by the conduct of last Saturday’s election in the state.
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Amaechi and the All Progressives Congress had boycotted the polls over the failure of INEC to supply result sheets to many polling units especially in the party strongholds. But the elections continued despite the boycott and the result of both the presidential and National Assembly polls were announced at about 2pm amidst protests and call for cancellation by the APC.
According to the Nation,the INEC has alredy assured that the commission has put up a committee to address the allegations put forward by the APC on the conduct of the Presidential National Assembly elections in Rivers and its call for cancellation.
“INEC has set up a fact finding mission to ascertain the veracity of the claims and allegations and to advice the Commission.
“The Committee comprises of Mrs. Thelma Iremiren, Col. MK Hammanga and Prof. Lai Olurode.
“They have departed for Rivers and it is expected they will submit their report before the end of collation of general results,” the commission said.
It further noted that the Commission will make its decision known in respect of the consideration of the report.