No fewer than eight persons have been arrested by the Edo state police command in connection with alleged electoral offences during last Saturday’s presidential/National Assembly elections.
The State Commissioner of police, Mr. Samuel Adegbuyi who disclosed this at a press briefing on Wednesday in Benin City, did not disclose the names of the suspects, but said that they would be handed over to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for prosecution upon completion of police investigation.
The police commissioner who paraded 28 suspects said 21 of the suspects were arrested for alleged kidnappings and arm robbery, including one Mr. Etopa Sadiq who was linked to the recent `Owo’ commercial Bank robbery in Ondo state, while over N900, 000 believed to have been paid as ransom by family members of kidnapped victims were also recovered from the suspects.
According to the police commissioner, the Command positioned its men strategically after receiving information that members of the Owo robbery gang were heading towards Ibillo in Akoko-Edo Local Government Area of Edo state after which policemen intercepted the hoodlums and engaged them in a gun battle which forced other members of the gang to flee.
But Sadiq in an interview debunked the allegations, alleging that he was arrested while attempting to flee with members of his family to undisclosed location when he was arrested by the police after he was hit by a stray bullet on his right arm.
The commissioner listed items recovered from the hoodlums and were displayed to newsmen to include 13 vehicles, light arms and ammunitions as well as police uniforms and police belts among others.