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2019 election violence: Army apprehends 15 political thugs, recovers arms in Bayelsa


- Fifteen political thugs have been arrested during the presidential and National Assembly elections in southern Ijaw local government area of Bayelsa state
- According to report, the thugs were arrested by the 16 Brigade of the Nigerian Army in Yenagoa
- The arrest of the political thugs led to the recovery of large cache of arms, ammunition and other items
The 16 Brigade of Nigerian Army in Yenagoa has arrested 15 armed thugs during the presidential and National Assembly elections in Southern Ijaw local government area of Bayelsa state.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that both Governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa and ex-governor Timipre Sylva had earlier accused each other of masterminding violence that trailed the polls in the state.
He said: “Trops of 5 Battalion, 16 Brigade Nigerian Army today arrested 15 armed men suspected to be political thugs at Ikebiri 1 in Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of Bayelsa.
“It was a successful operation that led to the recovery of large cache of arms, ammunition and other items.
“This feat was achieved as a direct response by vigilant troops in Operation SAFE CONDUCT 2019 in 16 Brigade Area of Responsibility.
“There are indications that the armed men are highly suspected to be political thugs who planned to disrupt the presidential and national assembly elections in the Southern Ijaw Local Government Area in Bayelsa."
According to the brigade spokesman, items recovered from them included one general purpose machine gun, two 200 horse powered speedboats, large quantity of ammunition, 16 mobile phones and seven Motorola radio.
Also recovered were five Motorola battery charger, three wrist watches, five torchlight, four identify cards, and the sum of sixteen thousand naira.
The brigade restated her resolve to ensure a seamless conduct of the general election in support of the lead security agencies.
The brigade, however, called on the people of the state to provide credible information on the activities of criminal elements in the society.
Wild jubilation broke out following the announcement that President Buhari scored 186 votes to defeat Atiku.
However, supporters of Atiku claimed Atiku put up a remarkable showing despite losing to President Buhari, adding that the president had always won in the polling unit in nearly all previous elections.

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