Hammed Shittu in Ilorin
Kwara state police command has arrested 54 suspects allegedly involved in different forms of electoral malpractices during and after local government elections held at the weekend in the state
The arrest of the suspects according to THISDAY investigations was on the sudeline of the protest that greeted the outcome of the elections which was based on the alleged electoral malpractices that happened in some of the polling units during the polls.
The state police commissioner, Mr. Lawan Addo who disclosed this to journalisits in Ilorin yesterday while parading the affected suspects that include the Assistant Publicity Secretary of the PDP and Collation officer said that, the suspects were arrested for allegedly involving in the destruction and burning of ballot papers.
The police also said that some of the suspects were arrested by security operatives attached to Kwara state independent electoral commission (KWASIEC) office for disorderly conduct within the vicinity of the KWASIEC during collation of final election result.
â€œThey were arrested singing war songs, trying to intrude into the KWASIEC office and going from street to street to cause breach of peaceâ€, he said.
He said that others were arrested around Taiwo Road, Adeta area and Laolu Unit in the Ilorin metropolis, adding that some other suspects were arrested at Alapa and Morakinde compound in Oyun local government for electoral offences including snatching and destruction of election materials.
The police commissioner, who said that all the suspects would soon be charged to court, assured that the command would continue to provide security, peace and stability for the general public.
Speaking on the pre-election crisis in Lafiagi, Edu local government area of the state where lives were reportedly lost and house of Senator Shaaba Lafiagi was razed by irate youth, the police boss said that no arrest had been made on the incident.
He said that the command had compiled list of suspected people, adding that investigation was going on.
He charged people in the state to live within ambit of the law, urging anyone with grievance to seek redress in the court of law.