- Sylvester Arikhan, a party agent in Edo, has confessed to using police pistol to protect ballot box in the state
- Arikhan said he was given the pistol with a promise of N130,000 payment after he has carried out his duty
- The suspect said he took to the job because he needed money to get out of the country
Sylvester Arikhan, a 26-year old man who was arrested with a police serviceable pistol, said on Thursday, April 25, that he was given the arm to protect ballot boxes during House of Assembly election in Edo state.
Arikhan said he was given the pistol by one Ehis with a promise to get a payment of N130,000 after he has performed his duty at Esan Central local government area, The Nation reports.
While speaking with newsmen when he as paraded by the police commissioner in the state, Danmallam Abubakar, he said he did the job because he needed money to travel abroad.
It should be noted that the 26-year-old also said his need to leave the country was because he was just released from prison for cult related offences.
He said that he did the piston in his trousers as a party agent at ward 02, unit 01, at Udomi Primary School in Irrua in readiness for violence.
“After the election, we followed the ballot boxes and nothing happened, but I did not return the gun because I was paid only N10,000. I hid from Ehis. He is a bad guy. He tried to set me up.
“When we attended a wedding, my friend brought N6,000 for me to buy bullets and fired some shots. I did so and gave the gun to Oboh Samurie to keep for me. Oboh took a girl to a hotel and the police arrested him after they found the gun on him,” he said.
The police commissioner said the suspect would soon be charged to court.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that the Edo election petition tribunal received petitions from six candidates who contested the National Assembly election on February 23. The secretary of the tribunal, Musa Bako, disclosed this in Benin on Monday, March 18.
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Legit.ng gathers that Bako said the tribunal received petitions from two senatorial candidates and four House of Representatives candidates.
Bako listed the candidates as three candidates of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and three candidates of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
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