Police arrest 30 for election violence, recovers customised Automated Machine Cards

The Ogun State Police Command has confirmed arrest of 30 suspects over disruption of the electoral processes and violence with arms as well as, inducement and vote buying during the Governorship and House of Assembly elections in the state.

Penpushing reports that Commissioner of Police, Frank Mbah, made this known to journalists on Thursday during a visit to the office of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Abeokuta.

The police boss said the suspects were arrested in different parts of the state, adding that the police team recovered guns, live cartridges and expended cartridges, as well as 235 credit cards and customised Automated Machine Cards (ATM) from the suspects.

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“A total of 30 persons were arrested. They were arrested for various offences, ranging from unlawful possession of weapons to disorderly behaviour around polling units, conduct likely to cause breach of peace and also for offences relating to exertion of undue influence and attempt to indulge in vote buying’, he stated.

“We also recovered a total of 12 firearms of different mix and shapes. Most of them are locally fabricated short guns. We also recovered one beretta pistol, an English made pistol. We recovered a total of 25 live cartridges and eight expended cartridges’, Mba said

“Investigations are ongoing and like we promised on the day of the election, we will continue to keep citizens updated as we make progress with these cases, but you can trust us that we will certainly and surely do a good job’, he added.

“We believe that will be done very soon. You know under the new rules, prosecution is handled by INEC. So at the right time, under the right directives from the office of the Inspector-General of Police, these cases will naturally be transferred to INEC and we will work together with them, support them and ensure that these cases are diligently prosecute”

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