Police Arrest 172 Electoral Offenders In Kaduna

The Kaduna State Police Command said not less than 172 suspects have been arrested following their alleged involvement in different forms of malpractices during the just concluded general election in the state.

This was disclosed by the Command’s Public Relations Officer, DSP Yakubu Sabo, in a document made available to News Agency of Nigeria in Kaduna on Friday in Kaduna.

The police listed the alleged offences to include, snatching and destroying of electoral materials, alteration of elections results, and impersonation.

Other offences include possession of multiple permanent and temporary voter cards, 99,466 pieces of tamper-evident envelopes for used ballot papers, criminal conspiracy, inciting disturbances, political thuggery, unlawful possession of dangerous weapons, and theft of INEC materials among others.

The command indicated that exhibits recovered from the suspects included, 39 permanent and temporary voter cards, 99,466 pieces of tamper evident envelopes for used ballot papers, 100 pieces of INEC observers jackets and a pair of army trouser.

Five ballot boxes were also recovered from the suspects, including INEC bags that contains result sheets and ballot papers, two smart card readers, result sheets and result booklets, as well as 165 torn ballot papers.

Others were 23 vehicles, 19 cutlasses, two security belt, three black boots, four black jackets, four electric shockers, four knives, two horns, six heavy sticks, four catapult and some charms among others.

The command appreciated people of the state for conducting themselves peacefully during the elections, adding that the 172 suspects will be charged to court after full investigation.

According to Sabo, the PPRO, “the Kaduna command under the leadership of Commissioner of Police, Mr Ahmad Abdurrahaman remain committed to protecting lives and property of everyone and appeal for cooperation in the discharge of our constitutional responsibility.”

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