Policemen have arrested three lawyers who are reportedly filing processes for the All Progressives Congress at the election petition tribunal in Port Harcourt.
The lawyers are said to be preparing petitions against the results declared by the Independent National Electoral Commission for the just concluded governorship election in Rivers State.
They were reportedly picked on Friday night at a hotel they were lodging in Port Harcourt. The reason for their arrest is still unknown.
Confirming the development, the Principal of the three lawyers, Tuduru Ede, SAN, said the act was carried out by the police, adding that his colleagues were picked and taken to Ogbunabali Police State without reason.
Ede said that the act was perpetrated in connivance with the People’s Democratic Party and the state government to frustrate the APC’s move to the tribunal.
“The arrest is to prevent the APC from filing their process to court. Three lawyers and some support staff members who were typing the petitions were arrested.
“They made away with duplicate copies of Form EC8A and others documents that they were using in filing the petitions.”
The State APC Publicity Secretary, Darlington Nwauju, also confirmed the incident.