Police Beef Up Security at the INEC Office in Rivers

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The security at the INEC office at Rivers state has been beefed up as tension heats up in the area.

Security in and around the office of the Independent National Electoral Commission in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, was strengthened on Tuesday by the State Police Command’s armed personnel.

The Nigerian News Agency reports that in addition to the security beef – up at INEC premises, Aba Road, where the office is located, is also heavily secured.

NAN noted that two of the four carriages were closed to traffic, while security personnel lined up to control traffic along the remaining two lanes.

The development created heavy traffic jams, which caused difficulties for commuters, especially commercial vehicle drivers, who diverted to other metropolitan routes.

Meanwhile, the development has also resulted in transport fare hike.
A short distance which used to cost N50.00 before Tuesday is now between N100.00 and N150.00, while many commuters who could not afford it have taken to trekking.
It was also observed that the traffic situation stretched from the INEC office to Bori Camp Bus-stop, towards Nigerian Air Force Base and St. John’s Bus-stop, along the popular Isaac Boro Park.
Efforts to reach the Police spokesperson by NAN correspondent to find out issues leading to the air-tight security proved abortive.

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