Soldiers pour into the major street of Benin, Ekpoma, Uromi

Heavily armed soldiers and riot policemen poured into the major streets of Benin, Ekpoma, Uromi and Auchi in a show of force in preparation for the Edo governorship poll on Saturday (today).

In Benin, the soldiers, who mounted checkpoints on some streets, conducted stop and search on vehicles, while passers-by were subjected to bodily search.

At the Akpakpava Street Business District, where the Central Bank of Nigeria office is located, over 200 armed soldiers were sighted in the early hours of Friday escorting electoral materials from there to INEC headquarters on Ikpoba Hill.

Our correspondent learnt that the show of force and the stop and search might be connected with the alleged circulation of fake voter cards, counterfeit INEC identity cards, as well as riot police uniforms.

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