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Police Arrest 79 for Electoral Offences in Sokoto

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Musa Na Allah Sokoto

The Sokoto State Police Command has arrested 79 suspects for various offenses committed in the just concluded Gubernatorial and state Assembly Elections in the state.

A statement made available to journalists by the Command’s spokesperson, SP Sanusi Abubakar said those arrested will be thoroughly investigated to ascertain their level of involvement.

According to the statement, most of the suspects were arrested for offenses that contravened the electoral act and will be prosecuted by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) legal team in line with the provisions of the electoral acts.

“Other suspects arrested for Offences under the penal code will be charged to court by the police.

“The State Police Command Inter-Agency Consultative Committee on Election Security management have during the conduct of the Gubernatorial and House of Assembly elections in Sokoto State, recorded cases and effected arrest of persons that violated restriction of movement order and other offenses that contravened the electoral act such as vote buying, destruction of ballot boxes, political thuggery, threats and inciting public disturbances at Polling units among others.

“A total of 79 suspects were arrested during the period for electoral offenses and other sundry crimes which the Police promised to fully investigate and if necessary transfer over to INEC for prosecution.”

Sokoto State Commissioner of Police, CP Muhammed Usaini Gumel enjoin all members of the public to be wary of allowing themselves, their loved ones, or their political party affiliates from getting involved in actions that are totally repugnant to natural justice, equity, and good conscience of law, especially in view of the forthcoming supplementary elections in the State, the command elaborated.

It further maintained that Security agencies in the state assured the general public that, they were committed to the protection of their lives and property, and disgruntled elements in the state trying to test the will of insecurity will not be spared before, during, and after the forthcoming supplementary exercise.

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