By Tola Gbadamosi
The Ondo State Police Commissioner, CP Oyeyemi Oyediran, has said that the command has arrested some suspects involved in various offences in the just concluded House of Assembly Election.
CP Oyeyemi made this known in a statement issued by the command’s Public Relations Officer, SP Funmilayo Odunlami-Omisanya.
Also in Lagos State, no fewer than 17 persons, including a woman, were arrested by the Police Command on Saturday, for various offences during the governorship and Houses of Assembly elections.
The command`s Spokesperson, SP Benjamin Hundeyin, confirmed the arrest to newsmen on Sunday.
In Ondo State, the police boss stated that the suspects were arrested in connection with cases of unlawful possession of firearms, snatching of ballot boxes, attempted murder and serious assault on innocent people.
He stated that the suspects were arrested in different parts of the state, saying some are currently with the military as the number were yet to be ascertained.
He hinted that all cases relating to electoral offences would be harmonized and dealt with in accordance with the Electoral Act after completion of investigation.
“The Command is appreciative over the collaboration of sister agencies and that of the law abiding citizens in the state for the maintenance of law and order throughout the election period,” the CP stated.
He said that the command is committed to serving the people of the state with high sense of responsibility, professionalism and universal policing best practices.
Recall the Commissioner of Police in Lagos, CP Idowu Owohunwa, on Saturday told newsmen that the list of persons arrested was being compiled and would be released on Sunday.
The PPRO said those arrested were involved in 21 cases which include, attack on INEC officials, vandalism and ballot box snatching.
Others are, fake INEC ID possession, conduct likely to cause breach of peace, assault occasioning harm and illegal possession of firearms.
Hundeyin said that all 17 suspects have been taken to the State Criminal Investigation Department (SCID), Panti-Yaba for further investigation.
He said those culpable of electoral offences would be handed over to INEC for prosecution, while those for other criminal offences would be charged to court offences would be charged to court.
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