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Oyo Police parade electoral offenders

Posted: Apr 15, 2015 at 5:00 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Oladele Ogunsola

 Correspondent, Ibadan


No fewer than 15 suspects arrested over the last elections on Saturday in Oyo State were yesterday paraded by the Oyo State Police Command at the Command’s Headquarters, Eleyele, Ibadan.

The State Police Commissioner, Muhammad Kastina, who was represented by the Command’s spokesperson, Ade Ajisebutu during the parade told journalists that the suspects were arrested in different locations before and during the elections across the state.

He disclosed that a six-man armed gang, using vehicles that moved around some of the polling stations and collation centres at about 2:30 a.m. got themselves entangled in the impenetrable cobweb of Ambush Squad and when arrested one English-made gun, 27 live cartridges and assorted charms were recovered from them.

Similarly, the Oyo Police boss explained that two men, who stormed a polling unit at Kinni-Kinni Primary School, Saki on the election day and violently assaulted a security officer were arrested.

Equally, one Ayo Ajiboye was arrested on April 10 with some  Accord posters with pictures of Governor Abiola Ajimobi superimposed on it with a view to misleading the public while four persons were arrested on April 11 in Kishi area of Irepo Local Government area of the state, he stated.

The Police Command, while thanking the people of the state for the peaceful conduct of the elections maintained that the police had to take some preventive measures to ensure that violence did not rear its ugly head, before, during and after the elections.

For instance, “24 hours before the election, disturbing intelligence compelled us to identify some traditional trouble makers of the NURTW, who usually cause trouble during occasions like this.

“In order to pre-empt any break down of law and order, we had no option than to identify those elements and keep them under local confinement during the voting exercise. The painstaking action was taken in the overall interest of Oyo State”, the Police boss said.