Report reaching NewsBreakng has it that there is palpable fear amongst the residents in Port Harcout, as heavy shooting is being witnessed at the Port Harcourt Constituency III by-election for a seat in the state House of Assembly, which is taking place at the moment.
According to a source from the election venue, “residents are saying that the gun shots are from thugs led by a former member of the Rivers state House of Assembly, who is now the Port Harcourt City local government chairman, a member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).”
Also, few All Progressives Congress (APC) agents have also claimed that PDP thugs are intimidating them at Ward 10, Unit 11 during the exercise.
However, in Ward 18, Unit 6, an APC member, John Orjiafor said the PDP guy hijacked the ballot box in the area, accusing the police on ground of aiding and abetting them.
He, however, called for the deployment of the SARS unit of the police to provide adequate security.
The Rivers state police command had earlier announced a restriction of movement in some parts of the state for the election. The state commissioner of police, Zaki Ahmed, said this directive will take effect from 6am to 6pm only in areas where voting is to take place.
He also assured that adequate deployments of security personnel have been made to ensure a free, fair, credible and violence free election.