Police in Kaduna State says it had arrested no fewer than 172 suspects allegedly involved in various forms of malpractice during the just concluded general election in the state.
This is contained in a document made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Kaduna by the Command’s Public Relations Officer, DSP Yakubu Sabo, on Friday in Kaduna.
The police listed the alleged offences to include, snatching and destroying of electoral materials, alteration of elections results, impersonation and possession of domestic election tags.
Also, the offences included possession of multiple permanent and temporary voter cards, 99,466 pieces of temper evident envelopes for used ballot papers, criminal conspiracy, inciting disturbances, political thuggery, unlawful possession of dangerous weapons, and theft of INEC materials among others.
The command indicated that exhibits recovered from the suspects included, 39 permanent and temporary voter cards, 99,466 pieces of tamper evident envelopes for used ballot papers, 100 pieces of INEC observers jackets and a pair of army trouser.
Also recovered from the suspects were five ballot boxes, INEC bags containing result sheets and ballot papers, two smart card readers, result sheets and result booklets, as well as 165 torn ballot papers.
Others were 23 vehicles, 19 cutlasses, two security belt, three black boots, four black jackets, four electric shockers, four knives, two horns, six heavy sticks, four catapult and some charms among others.
According to the command, the 172 suspects will be charged to court after full investigation.
Meanwhile, the command has commended people of the state for conducting themselves peacefully during the elections.
According to Sabo, the PPRO, “the Kaduna command under the leadership of Commissioner of Police, Mr Ahmad Abdurrahaman remain committed to protecting lives and property of everyone and appeal for cooperation in the discharge of our constitutional responsibility.”