The Rivers State Government has demanded the immediate and unconditional release of the Secretary to the State Government, Keneth Kobani, and the Special Adviser to the Governor on Special Projects, Cyril Wite.
Both men were reportedly arrested by the Nigerian military on Saturday during the re-run elections in the state.
The state government described the role of the military in the election as “shameful, embarrassing, and a kick in the face of constitutional democracy.”
“Never in the history of Rivers State have we witnessed such a blatant deployment of maximum violence against unarmed voters,” the government said on Sunday, in a statement by the Commissioner for Information and Communication, Austin Tam-George.
The government alleged that the SSG, Mr. Kobani, was chained to a chair overnight, and denied his medication, despite his failing health.
The reported cases of violence and ballot snatchings prompted the Independent National Electoral Commission to suspend the election initially in four local government areas of Bonny, Andoni, Khana, and Gokana.
The election was also suspended in two more local government areas – Eleme and Tai.
The general elections in Rivers State in 2015 were characterised by violence with several people killed. The elections were condemned by local and international observers. The re-run elections were held after the Court of Appeal annulled the victories of the PDP candidates who were initially declared winners.