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INEC officials held hostage in Brass

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Some officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) have been held hostage in the Brass Local Government Area (LGA) of Bayelsa State.

Earlier on Sunday, supporters of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state staged a protest in Yenagoa, the state capital, and marched towards the INEC office on Swali Road.

It was gathered that they demanded that governorship election results from Brass LGA should not be brought to the collation centre, which is the state INEC office.

The governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Chief Timipre Sylva hails from the LGA.

In a post via the commission’s X handle on Sunday, INEC called on the police and other security operatives to investigate the situation and facilitate the release of the officials.

The post read “The unfolding situation in Brass Local Government Area.

“The commission is closely watching the situation in Brass LGA of Bayelsa State where our officials are held hostage.

“This is detrimental to credible elections. We call on the security agencies to immediately facilitate their release”.

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