Police and other security agencies in Rivers state have beefed security in strategic locations ahead of the collation of the governorship and state assembly election results.
Naija News gathered from the spokesman for the Rivers State Police Command, Nnamdi Omoni, that security operatives had cordoned off the premises of the INEC Office on the Aba-Port Harcourt Road and the entire perimeter surroundings of the area.
It was also learned that the popular GRA and Waterlines Roads leading to the commission’s office were also shut down.
INEC had on Wednesday, March 27, said the resumption of collation and announcement of results of the March 9 Rivers governorship poll would hold between April 2 and 5.
The commission had on 10 March suspended electoral processes in the oil-rich state as a result of violence that marred the March 9 governorship poll.
Officials of INEC were held hostage while electoral materials were reportedly seized.
Governor Nyesom Wike, who is the candidate of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), and candidate of the African Action Congress (AAC), Awara Biokpomabo, are the front runners in the race for the highest office in one of Nigeria’s oil-producing states.