The PVCs, which were hidden in a sack by thugs, were found on Tuesday during a regular patrol in the region by the Nigeria Hunters and Forest Security Service.
Moses Okanu, the commandant of the hunters association and the Forest Security Service, informed INEC that on Tuesday, while his men were searching the bushes and forests around Asikoro and Elebele, they discovered the cards at an abandoned building along the AIT-Elebele Road in Yenagoa.
Moses Okanu made this disclosure while delivering the recovered PVCs to the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Bayelsa State, in Yenagoa yesterday,
He asserted that the thugs fled the site as soon as they arrived, which allowed them to retrieve the PVCs.
“In our routine patrol, I led the operation on Tuesday. We have been combing the bushes because of the happening we have been hearing in the bushes. We started from Azikoro went through Elebele. In the course of our going round, we ran into an uncompleted building in the bush and we had some noise and with our usual way of operation to ascertain those who are there, the people on sighting started jumping out through the windows of the uncompleted building” – he said.
The Commandant of the hunters added that;
“So, we were able to enter into the building and what we saw was the abandoned voters cards. So, knowing fully well that these are Federal Government property and the only authority empowered or authorized by law to keep custody of these items is INEC, so we have to recover them and decided to bring them to the commission.”
The PVCs were received by Okop Umo-Obong, the commission’s administrative secretary on behalf of the Bayelsa State Resident Electoral Commissioner.
In addition to submitting the cards to the commission, the Nigerian Hunters and Forest Security Service were praised by the secretary for maintaining the neighborhood’s safety.
Umobong promised that he would give the cards to Dr. Alex Hart, the Resident Electoral Commissioner, and that the Commission would look into the circumstances surrounding their discovery in the bush.
Recall that numerous PVCs were discovered in a Port Harcourt gutter this month. Though INEC claimed to be looking into the event, but nothing has come of it.
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