The police, in Ekiti State, arrested no fewer than 27 persons for electoral related offences in the July 14 governorship election.
The arrests, according to the commissioner of Police, Mr Bello Ahmed, were made by the police, a day to the election and on the election day.
In a statement by the State Command Public Relations Officer, Caleb Okechukwu, 11 of the arrested persons have been arraigned in court.
He said: “The peaceful conduct of the election is not without attempts by certain individuals to truncate the process.
“We commend some well spirited individuals, who promptly alerted and informed the police about the activities of these persons.
“Prompt response of the police, a day to the election and on the election day, led to the arrest of 27 persons for various electoral offences, which include an impersonate security agency on election day, undue influence of electorate, snatching of ballot boxes and attempt to disrupt electoral process.”
“Eleven of the persons, so far arrested, have been arraigned in court. Investigation into the involvement of others is ongoing and they would be arraigned in court if found culpable at the end of the investigation.”
In a separate statement in Ado Ekiti, yesterday, Ahmed commended the maturity displayed by the parties after their supporters had helped in dousing the tension and fear in some quarters so that the poll might not escalate into a full scale war among contenders.
He, however, cautioned members of the state chapter of National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) against heating up the polity to prevent the post election peace being enjoyed by the populace from being truncated.
Bello said the police won’t tolerate any act that could trigger violence and lead to loss of lives and property.
A statement by the Command’s Public Relations Officer, Mr Caleb Ikechukwu, yesterday, said the just concluded governorship election in Ekiti, confirmed the level of professionalism and commitment of the Nigerian Police Force to the growth of democracy in the country.
He commended the sister security agencies for joining forces with the police to make the state secure for the staff of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), observers and the electorate.
Ahmed said: “I extol the professionalism, civility, politeness, firmness and unbiased conducts of the police personnel and other security agencies.
“We appreciate the law abiding attitude and peaceful conduct of the good people of Ekiti State, the traditional rulers, religious leaders, local and foreign election observers/civil society organisations for a good working relationship with the security
personnel deployed for the election”.
The CP promised that the police will continue to adhere strictly to guiding principles of elections and act of policing in a manner that aligns with international best practices.
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