Police arrests 10 in Kano for electoral offenses

By Acheme Jack, Kano

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Nigerian Police have arrested 10 people for various electoral offences during the Kano governorship supplementary election.

Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG), Anthony Ogbizi, at a media briefing at Bompai Police Headquarters Kano said that the suspects were arrested at various polling units where the elections were held.

“We made some arrest at the early hours of this morning, they are detained and being interrogated.

“They are not party officials because you cannot identify them with PDP or APC membership cards” he stressed.

The DIG added that there was adequate security arrangement across the state during the exercise, except for minor and isolated incidences which were quickly addressed as voting went on in all the polling units.

“The process of collating the result is on and there have not been any protest,” emphasized Ogbizi

He was quick to dismiss allegation by the PDP that the police were compromised during the election.

“If thugs had occupied any polling unit, certainly, INEC would not have been comfortable to bring out their materials to conduct the voting process, so to accuse the police wrongly, I think it is unfair.”

He also stated that people should dispel the rumor of some person including a corps member being killed and properties being destroyed during the election.

“We should refute that report on social media that some people were killed in Kano. Was the name of anybody killed mentioned? Where are the witnesses? If there are not, then what are you saying.”

“Now, we heard that people were killed, houses were burnt, a Commissioner arrested people—all these we heard, we need to verify all these things, and they are not true.,” the DIG asserted.

He commended Kano people for their peaceful conduct during the re-run election.