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There was tension in Bayelsa State yesterday, following the invasion of the state by suspected foreign voters ahead of Saturday’s election.

The strange-looking people, it was learnt, were ‘imported’ to rig the poll for one party.

The Nation gathered that politicians working for the party adopted the strategy of bringing voters from other states, especially from the North, to rig.

Fear heightened, following a discovery that the persons were brought into the state a month ago and were registered as bona fide voters.

Residents said they were worried about the presence of the ‘foreign voters’, who were reportedly brought to the state in trucks under the protection of mobile policemen.

It was learnt that the ‘foreign voters’ were taken to local governments and lodged in hotels.

“Their presence is generating crisis in Nembe, the council of Deputy Governor John Jonah. We notice that they are strangers. We don’t know them and we won’t allow them to vote.

“This is provocative. We advise them to leave in their own interest. We will make the place hot for them and we will beat them up if they come out to vote on Saturday,” a member of the All Progressives Congress (APC), who spoke in confidence, said.

Our correspondent saw some of the suspected foreign voters in Yenagoa and learnt that over 5,000 of them were lodged in hotels in the capital city.

A resident, who preferred anonymity, said: “Some of the men, who came in trailers, are in Swali town, while some of them are in Sagbama. The women are lodged in hotels near Imgbi Road. They are monitored by elderly men.

“They told me that they are from Niger State. Based on my interaction with them, I noticed that some of them are educated. Most of them are civil servants.”

Police Commissioner Nasiru Oki said his command was aware of the presence of the strangers.

He said: “We are mounting roadblocks. We will use intelligence reports to fish out the people.

“We warn residents not to take the law into their hands. They should not involve in acts that will undermine the efforts of the stakeholders to ensure a free, fair and peaceful election.”

 

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