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The Rivers Civil Society Organization has called on the International Criminal Court (ICC) and War Crime Court (WCC) to bring to book those responsible for the genocide unleashed on Rivers people and Nigerians at large.

Chairman of the organization, Comrade Sotonye George who made the call in a press briefing held in Port Harcourt said they were dismayed by the involvement of the military in unleashing violence in Rivers State and other parts of Nigeria during the 2019 Presidential and National Assembly elections, and further called on the international community to come to the aid of the helpless Nigerians.

Comrade George opined that the presence and operations of the military with party stalwarts at the collation centres and pulling units ignited violence that led to the death of several persons including a Youth Corper and an INEC Ad-hoc staff in Rivers State.

He said it was shameful that the Nigeria military in this 21st century could descend to a level of snatching and hijacking of electoral materials, stressing that, “it is also a disappointment that the respected military now partners with politicians to disenfranchise citizens they are supposed to protect”.

The CSO Chairman hinted that prior to the elections, they cautioned that the military had no business involving in election as their constitutional a duty is to defend and protect the territorial integrity of Nigeria against external aggression, adding that it is on record that the Court had earlier made a landmark judgment stating that it was unconstitutional and illegal to use the military for election duties.

The Comrade stated that military operations were witnessed in several parts of the state on the election day as soldiers practically took over the conduct of the elections, leading to stoppage of distribution of electoral materials, snatching and hijacking of materials as well as disrupt voting and in some areas such as Bonny, Emohua, Oyigbo, Okrika, Ikwerre and  Kalabari areas among others, and called on Nigerians to persuade the INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu to reassure them that the military will not participate in the forthcoming Governorship and States House of Assembly elections.

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