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79 People Arrested For Electoral Offences In Sokoto



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Following the recently ended governor and state assembly elections in the state, the Sokoto state Police Command has detained 79 people for a variety of offenses.

Fidel Info reports that A statement written by the command public relations officer, Deputy Superintendent of Police Sanusi Abubakar, states that those detained would undergo a comprehensive investigation to determine their level of involvement.

In accordance with the legal team of INEC, the majority of the suspects would be punished for offenses that violated election laws, according to the statement.

“Other suspects arrested for Offences under the penal code will be charged to court by the police”.

” The State Police Command Inter-Agency Consultative Committee on Election Security management have during the conduct of the Gubernatorial and House of Assembly elections in Sokoto State, recorded cases and effected arrest  of persons that violated  restriction of movement order and other offences that contravened the electoral act such as vote buying, destruction of ballot boxes, political thuggery, threats and inciting public disturbances at Polling units among others”. Says the statement.

”A total of 79 suspects were arrested during the period for electoral offenses and other sundry crimes which the Police promised to fully investigate and if necessary  transfer over to INEC for prosecution.”

“In view of the foregoing, the Commissioner of  Police Sokoto State Command  Muhammed Usaini Gumel enjoin all members of the public to be wary of allowing themselves, their love ones or their political party affiliates from getting involve in actions that are totally repugnant to natural justice, equity and good conscience of law, especially in view of the forthcoming supplementary elections in the State.” the command elaborated.

The statement went on to say that the state’s security agencies had reassured the populace that they were dedicated to protecting their lives and property and that any disgruntled individuals trying to undermine security would not be spared before, during, or after the upcoming supplementary exercise.

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