Imo returning officer orders arrest of prof who ‘manipulated results’

Imo returning officer orders arrest of prof who ‘manipulated results’

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Francis Otuana, returning officer for Imo state elections, has ordered the arrest of Kelechi Ehirim (pictured), the collation officer of Ohaji Egbema local government area (LGA), for allegedly altering the results of the LGA.

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Otuana, who apparently had the results from the field, announced that the figures Ehirim presented were doctored.

Immediately he gave the order, security operatives moved in and led Ehirim and Christian Ogbuagbu, an electoral officer of the LGA, away.

The duo was later handcuffed and taken out of the collation centre.

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Otuana, a professor, is the vice-chancellor, Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike, Abia state.

The suspect is also a professor.

He had said he was not under pressure to declare any politician winner of the election.

“I want to assure you I’m not under any pressure to declare anybody winner. We just want to speed up the process,” he had said.

During the presidential and national assembly elections, some returning officers said they were forced to declare some candidates winners.