By; PAMELA EBOH, Awka
The Anambra State Commissioner of Police, Rabiu Ladodo on Tuesday said that fourteen suspects were arrested in the course of last Saturday’s presidential and National Assembly elections for various offences ranging from ballot box snatching, disruption of elections, malicious damage and thuggery.
He reeled out exhibits recovered from the suspects to include two vehicles, two motorcycles, thtee ballot boxes snatched from Okpoko in Ogbaru Local Government Area of the state, two knives and dry leaves suspected to be cannabis sativa.
Ladodo said that electoral materials such as ballot papers were also destroyed at Obosi and Ojoto Collation Centres
According to him, all suspects would be charged to court as soon as investigation is concluded.
Speaking at a press conference in Awka, the CP who urged all aggrieved parties who lost in the election not to take laws into their hands and foment chaos but explore the legal avenue in order to seek for redress as stipulated by the law.
He said, “The Command will not fold its arm and watch any individual or group no matter how highly placed disrupt the relative peace in the State which the law enforcement agencies in the State are working assiduously to maintain.”
Ladodo observed that despite some isolated cases recorded in some parts of the State where the Command responded promptly and prevented breakdown of law and order, the election was generally peaceful without recording any loss of lives or injury.
He said that the peaceful conduct of election in the state goes to confirm that Anambra State is not only a peaceful State in the whole Federation but also the most secured in terms of safety and security even as he commended Anambra people for conducting themselves in a peaceful manner and for coming out to exercise their civic responsibilities on Saturday.