Ballots snatching: 20 held

By Michael Ofulue & Tola Gbadamosi
No fewer than twenty people have been held by the Ondo state police command over ballot boxes snatching and other electoral offences.

The State Police Command yesterday which confirmed the arrest however could not give a figure as the suspects were said to have been from various locations.

However, our reporters who covered the elections across the state, reported that no fewer than twenty suspects were arrested for allegedly involving in various political infractions, ranging from ballot box snatching to disruption of other electoral offences across the state.

The suspects whose number were yet to be ascertained as at press time were reportedly arrested in various locations across the state during voting exercise.

Our reporters who covered the elections across the state indicated that the arrests were effected across the state.

The Ondo state Police Public Relations Officer a Superintendent of Police, Femi Joseph who confirmed the arrest told The Hope that those nabbed are currently being detained at the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department (SCIID) .

He stated that the suspects who are currently undergoing interrogation would be charged to court if the allegations levelled against them were established.

The PPRO said the preliminary investigation conducted by the police about the election showed that it was peaceful, free and fair.

Joseph who commended his officers and men for the professional conduct they exhibited during voting exercise also applauded the citizens of Ondo state for conducting themselves throughout the  exercise.

“General assessment by the police showed that the elections in Ondo state were peaceful and we commend the people of the state,” he stated .

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On whether there is report of any misconduct against policemen, the PPRO said that his men did very well and they were commended.

 He however said the state Police Commissioner, Mr Undie Adie, has directed all the Divisional Police Officers in the 18 local government areas of the state to continue to be proactive during and after the elections.

Report had it that ballot boxes in two units of wards 3 on Ilutitun were snatched by gunmen and in some other areas of the state.

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