The Kwara State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Lawan Ado confirmed the arrest of 54 suspects for electoral offenses during the Kwara State Local Government elections.
He explained that security operates arrested two suspects: a collation officer, Adeyemi Abolanle (female) and Olaide Samuel (m) at Unit 01, St William Primary School, Okaka wad 2, Taiwo Road in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital, for burning ballot papers.
He also said 52 suspects including a presiding officer, Isiaka Olayinka, were arrested by security operatives attached to the Kwara State Independent Electoral Commission headquarters along Fate Road Ilorin.
He alleged that many of the suspects conducted themselves in various forms of disorderly manner within KWASIEC vicinity during collation of final election results on Sunday night. He added that other were arrested around Adeta area of Ilorin, Laolu Unit, Alapa and Morakinde’s compound in Oyun Local Govenrment for suspected electoral offenses.
He explained that the offenses include snatching and destruction of election materials during the election.
He denied allegation of bias by security agencies in favour of the All Progressives Congress and against opposition parties in the state.
He stated that the police could not ignore people, who according to him, in the guise of protest were conducting themselves in disorderly manner.
He advised aggrieved candidates and party members and supporters to seek redress in court rather than engage in unlawful conduct.
But Olayinka who displayed his KWASIEC identification card as a pesiding officer said he did not commit any offense to warrant his arrest.
He explained that there was a problem between APC and PDP members, adding that they were ready to allegedly hijack the ballot box from him.
“So I decided to escape with it. And the police arrested me.”
Source: ( Punch Newspaper )