Senator Heineken Lokpobiri has denied reports earlier this week published by The Punch that he had been arrested by Department for State Service (DSS) agents for election malpractice and the theft of election materials in Bayelsa West Senatorial District despite credible evidence to the contrary.

Mr. Lokpobiri told the media on Wednesday that The Punch’s report was “preposterous, warped and lacking in credibility.” He added that this it was a “pedestrian report which painted a picture that I was arrested in 2011 for alleged electoral fraud.”

These remarks are coming at a time when the National Assembly is screening him to be a minister in President Buhari’s government. However reports in the media at the time show Mr. Lokpobiri was arrested at the Ernest Ikoli Press Centre while speaking to the Nigerian Union of Journalists in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State.

His reported arrest was at the instance of the former Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Attahiru Jega over his connections to electoral misconduct surrounding the April, 9th National Assembly election. Minutes after INEC’s request, DSS agents arrested Mr. Lokpobiri on April 11th, 2011.

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