Nigeria, Dec. 3 -- The outgoing governor of Bayelsa State, Seriake Dickson, has alleged the murder of 12 members of his party, PDP, during the violence that characterised the recent governorship election in the state.

Apart from the 12, Mr Dickson said, 10 other residents of the state were beheaded during the polls.

According to the Nation newspaper, the governor made this allegation during an interactive session with reporters in Abuja on Monday.

Mr Dickson, quoting eye-witness accounts, said ten of those killed during the November 16 poll were "beheaded, mutilated and actually butchered" before they were thrown into the sea.

"So far, 12 deaths were recorded. Their offence was being PDP members and for attending PDP rally. We have no...