1,119 electoral offenders in detention - Police, army say in joint statement

1,119 electoral offenders in detention - Police, army say in joint statement

- A total number of 1,119 people are in police custody over crimes bordering on various electoral offences during elections

- Akwa Ibom, Imo and Kaduna states have the highest number of arrests

- The force also refuted the rumours that the police and the military were at loggerhead due to the violence that characterised the general elections

The Nigerian Police Force (NPF) said a total number of 1,119 people were arrested and are in its custody over crimes bordering on different electoral offences in the recently held general elections.

Frank Mba, the force's spokesperson, made the disclosure in a statement released on Thursday, March 21, during a joint media briefing with the Nigerian Army at the Defence Headquarters, Abuja, The Guardian reports.

Mba, who refuted the rumours that the police and the military were at loggerhead due to the violence characterising the general election, maintained that there is a strong partnership between the two forces, hence the progress recorded on the security across the country.

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Legit.ng gathers that Akwa Ibom, Imo and Kaduna states have the highest number of arrests.

The police spokesman, however, disclosed further that the electoral offenders were arrested by the army and handed to the police for prosecution.

On its part, the Nigerian Army denied allegation of militarisation of electoral exercise levelled against it, adding that large presence of military personnel in some states were as a result of the ongoing internal security operations across the country.

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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported the police command in Kano state had restricted movement of motor vehicles, tricycles and all other means of transportation across the 44 local government areas of the state.

According to the police, the measure was to ensure free and fair gubernatorial supplementary election scheduled for Saturday, March 23, in the state.

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Source: Legit

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