By Our Correspondent
Operatives of the DSS in Calabar minutes ago rounded up executives of ‘Forward Nigeria’, a political support group campaigning for the reelection of President Jonathan over what CrossRiverWatch gathered is the alleged sale of PVCs to prospective voters who are willing to thumb print for President Jonathan in the March 28 election.
The suspects who were arrested at the Fish and Chicken Affairs fast food along Marian Road in Calabar, were said to be meeting there and collecting a register of those who were willing to vote for President Jonathan on March 28, preparatory to offering them PVCs that will be used for the exercise.
A visibly shaken member of the group who spoke to our reporter after emerging from hiding immediately the DSS operatives had gone, but pleaded not to be named said: “We were just having our meeting and collecting details like telephone numbers, emails and addresses of members of the public who are willing to vote for President Jonathan come March 28. In the midst of the meeting, SSS men just came in and rounded up our executives who were coordinating the registration. From where I was hiding, I saw five of our executives been taken away.”
When CrossRiverWatch contacted the spokesman of the DSS in the State, Mr. Dickson on the phone, he said he cannot talk to the press over the matter and quickly dropped the call after hearing it was from a journalist. But before he dropped the call, Mr. Dickson who was obviously returning from the scene of arrest was overhead asking another operative “Why are you allowing that man make phone call in our premises.”
Another DSS operative who spoke to us under anonymity said “We have since got information about people buying and selling PVCs and we have been on their trail. This afternoon, we got a tip off that a group that has been perpetrating the act was meeting with some persons at a fast food in town, we had to quickly move in and make arrest. I cannot tell you the exact number of person arrested but they are more than five and there are presently in our office.”
More details will follow as we gather them.
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