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Bayelsa poll: Police arrest suspects during clash


The Bayelsa Police Command said on Saturday that normalcy had been restored in Oporoma, headquarters of Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of the state.

The Public Relations Officer of the command, Mr Asinim Butswat, an ASP, stated this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Yenagoa.

Butswat said the command had received report of a clash by rival groups which disrupted the electoral process in the area.

He said one person was injured during the clash, while the police arrested some suspects in the process.

“ We have made some arrests and normalcy has been restored in the area. Security reinforcement was sent to Oporoma and we can say that the electoral process had commenced there,“ he said.

He said information available to the police showed that no life was lost during the clash.

He also said that accreditation had commenced in some parts of the area.

“ We are recording success in other local government areas such as Brass, Nembe, Sagbama, Kolokuma/Opokuma and Yenagoa,’’ the police spokesman said.

He said the governorship election in these areas had been peaceful while security agents were on high alert to check any breach of the law.

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