Polices Arrest 10, Recover Arms And PVCs In Akwa Ibom
10 persons alleged to be involved in killing one person and burning of 11 buses close to the Independent National Electoral Commission’s (INEC) office in Obot Akara Local Government Area of the State have been arrested by The Akwa Ibom State Police command.
Permanent Voters Card totaling 179 and 27 temporary voters cards were also seized in two different operations, while 41 persons claiming to be election observers but had no evidence to prove their claim were also arrested.
Yesterday, in Uyo during a press conference, the Commissioner of Police, Bashir Makama, who was represented by the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP Odiko Ogbeche, said though hoodlums set ablaze the INEC office in Eastern Obolo Local Government Area, the police was able to put out the fire and that all the INEC materials were intact.
He denied media reports that 400 political thugs were arrested in the state, noting that only 10 persons were arrested and they have not yet been linked to any political party.
On the eve of the day the 2019 general elections was to be held at about 10.05pm, hoodlums at Obot Akara LGA, close to the INEC office, machete and killed one person whose identity is unknown, burnt 11 buses and vandalized two which lead to the quick action of the command and 10 persons were arrested in connection with the crime,”
The weapons recovered from the 10 suspects are two locally made short guns, 25 live cartridges, weed suspected to be Indian hemp, two machetes, charms, human hair, dead bird, knife, scissors, hot drink, two axes and phones.
He said the suspects will be transferred to the Force Criminal Investigation department for further investigation and advised politicians to abide by the rules and advice their supporters to be peaceful during the election.