SARS operatives in Rivers recover 31 stolen INEC card readers

Special Anti-Robbery Squad () operatives in state has recovered 31 Electronic Card Readers (ECRs) believed to have been stolen from the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

Okay Nigeria gathered that recovered in a bush on Rumuji-Emohua axis of the East-West Road in the Southsouth state.

According to reports, the Electronic Card Readers (ECRs) were allegedly thrown into the bush by thugs who were fleeing to escape arrest.

However, SARS, reached out to the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in Rivers State, Mr. Obo Effanga, seeking for more information and the cooperation of the commission and its officials to ensure detailed investigation.

A top official of the SARS in Rivers said that the hoodlums, who drove in a brown Toyota Camry saloon car around 9 am on Saturday, were given a hot chase by operatives of the squad, making them escape, after throwing a bag containing the 31 card readers into the bush.

The SARS chief also revealed that operatives of the police formation continued to search the bush, leading to the later discovery and recovery of the 31 stolen card readers, which was revealed by intelligence as perpetrated by political thugs.

According to the SARS’ top official, the recovered card readers were still in police custody.

Although, when contact for his reaction through the telephone call yesterday, the REC of INEC in Rivers, said: “I am still expecting the investigating SARS operatives to come to INEC office in Port Harcourt, for further details.”

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Farouk Mohammed

Farouk Mohammed is a Senior Editor at Okay Nigeria ( He has been publishing for 5 years and focused more on Local/World News on

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