Guber election: 6 suspects to face prosecution in Lagos

By Christopher Oji

The Lagos State Police Command has said that six out of the 19 suspects arrested during the last Saturday’s gubernatorial and State House of Assembly elections in Lagos would be prosecuted for alleged electoral offences.

The Police also said that they recovered large numbers of permanent Voters Cards (PVCS) dumped by yet-be-identified persons in different locations of the State.

Lagos State Police Publlic Relations Officer (PPRO)SP Benjamin Hundeyin, who paraded the suspects at the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department ( SCIID) Panti , yesterday, said those arrested were involved in 21 cases which included attacks on INEC officials, vandalism and ballot box snatching.

He said the suspects would also prosecuted for being in possession of fake Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Identity cards, conduct likely to cause breach of peace, assault occasioning harm and illegal possession of firearms.

He said that four of the suspects would be prosecuted by the INEC, while two found with arms and involved in other criminal acts would be prosecuted by the police.

Hundeyin said that the suspects would be transfered to the Force Headquarters Abuja where they would be handed over to the INEC centrally and prosecute those whose crimes fall under the police.

According to him ,other suspects paraded included two who were allegedly involved in violence at Abule-Ado in Amuwo-Odofin area of Lagos, and a suspected cultist.

Also Hundeyin , paraded three suspected kidnappers, who confessed to have allegedly collected about N20.7 million ransom from victims.

Among other suspects paraded were two other suspects arrested for allegedly stoling a truck parked by its driver, which was carrying a brand new car belonging to the United States of American Embassy in Lagos.

Hundeyin said that the suspects were arrested while trying to sell off the truck with the car at cost the cost of N5 million.

“The truck will be hand over to the U.S. Embassy, while the suspects will be charge to court,” he said.

He said that two suspected robbers, using Lagos commercial bus to rob unsuspecting passengers were also paraded.

The image maker said the suspects allegedly stole the victims’ phones with a view to using the SIM Cards to buy credit or transfer the money in the victims’ accounts.

He, therefore, adviced members of the public to always lock their Sims as the suspects confessed that they were unable to used any Sim locked.

Hundeyin said that the suspects would be charged to Court at the completion of their investigations.

However, part of the exhibits displayed on the parade ground were over 2,000 Permanent Voters Cards(PVCS) dumped on some locations by yet-be-identified persons, unlawful possession of PVC/sensitive electoral materials, two ballot boxes, one BVAS machine, ballot papers, and firearms.

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