Few hours after the House of Assembly election in Ondo State, the Police Command said it had arrested many suspected criminals in connection with various crises that occurred in some areas during the election.
It was reported that violence occurred in some areas during the poll as some suspected political thugs hijacked and destroyed ballot boxes and other voting materials at Ute Community in Ose Local Government Area of the state.
Two persons, including a police officer, were hit by stray bullets in Idanre, Idanre Local Government Area in the spate of violence during the state poll.
The police in a statement issued on Sunday by its spokesperson, Mrs Funmilayo Odunlami, said the suspects were arrested by security agents in different parts of the state during the exercise.
She, however, did not disclose the number of suspects arrested as at time of filing this report.
The PPRO said in the statement, “The Ondo State Police Command has arrested suspects involved in various offences on election day. The suspects were arrested in different parts of the state with some currently with the military.
“They were arrested in connection with cases of unlawful possession of firearm, snatching of ballot boxes, attempted murder and serious assault. All cases relating to electoral offences will be harmonized and would be dealt with in accordance with the Electoral Act after completion of investigation.
“The Command appreciates the collaboration of sister agencies and that of the law abiding citizens in the state for the maintenance of law and order through out the election period.”
She added that the command was committed to serving the people of the state with high sense of responsibility, professionalism and universal policing best practices.”
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