Crime and Security

Election: INEC presiding officer, Youth corps ad-hoc staff kidnapped

The Anambra state police command has announced the abduction of a presiding officer and a youth corps ad hoc staff who were both participating in the elections in the state.

The state commissioner of police, Rabiu Ladodo who made the disclosure said “I have gone round the State along with heads of other security agencies both on Aerial and Vehicular patrols, in order to assess levels of deployment by the security agencies at various polling units and to ensure that the electorates exercise their franchise without hindrance.

“The election is generally peaceful and all the places visited have witnessed significant turnout of voters amid tight security in the areas”

“However, despite the relative peace recorded so far, there are few isolated incidents recorded such as ballot box snatching at Onuma Imeobi Square ward six unit 4 Onitsha, vote buying, disruption of election in some polling units, alleged abduction of a presiding officer and a youth corper in Indiokolo unit, Orumba North LGA of Anambra South Senatorial Zone”

“Consequently, the Command has arrested Seven (7) suspects in connection with vote buying and disruption of electoral Process. The Command equality arrested two (2) armed Police mobile personnel on illegal duty. All cases are under investigation at the State CIID, Awka and effort is being intensified to rescue the abducted persons and bring perpetrators to justice”

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