By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
Over 18 suspects are now in Police net in Oyo State in connection with various electoral offences committed during the last Saturday’s governorship/state House of Assembly elections in the state .
The State Police Commissioner, Mr Shina Olukolu dropped this hint on Wednesday while speaking through the Command’s Public Relations Officer (PPRO), SP Olugbenga Fadeyi.
CP Olukolu stressed that the arrested over 18 suspects are to
face criminal prosecution after conclusion of police investigation.
According to CP Olukolu, the offences committed by the over 18 arrested suspects ranges from ballot box snatching, violence and other related electoral fraud committed in different parts of the state during the last Saturday poll.
” I can confidently tell you that 18 suspects were arrested in connection with electoral offences during the last governorship/state House of Assembly poll in different parts of the state. And seven guns , 30 live cartridges and some miscellaneous items were recovered from them.”he said
CP Olukolu maintained that the suspects who were been held at the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department (SCIID) were arrested at various polling units during the last Saturday poll, adding that the names of suspects were still being withheld by the police not to tamper with the ongoing investigation .
“The State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department (SCIID) is handling the investigation and the suspects will later be transferred to Abuja for further investigation before prosecution ,” he stated.
He added that seven guns, 30 live cartridges, and some other miscellaneous items were recovered from the suspects and the suspects who are currently held at the SCIID would soon be transfered to Abuja for further investigation in line with the directives from the Inspector General of Police (IG) before prosecution.