- A policeman has been detained by a senior officer of the force in the ongoing Ondo governorship election
- The policeman arrested was an orderly to a politician and followed his principal around while voting was ongoing
- The Nigeria Police Force had issued an order for all orderlies to be withdrawn from their principals ahead of the election
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The Nigeria Police Force has arrested one of its officers in Owo local government area of Ondo state, for violating an order for all orderlies to be withdrawn from their principals ahead of the election.
The officer, whose identity is yet to be known, reportedly escorted a former two-time House of Representatives’ member, Alaba Lad-Ojomo, to Ijebu polling unit 4, Ward 5, in the town.
Premium Times reports that Lad-Ojomo was seen pleading with a senior officer who ordered his arrest, to release him at the scene.
But the senior cop insisted he would not budge while Lad-Ojomo left the scene after all his entreaties failed.
Meanwhile, voters who assembled at the polling centre blamed the senior police officer for refusing to release the orderly.
Lad-Ojomo represented Owo-Ose federal constituency on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) between 2003 and 2011.
He aspired to become the party’s chairman in the state in 2020.
Legit.ng had earlier reported that there was sporadic shooting at Pollíng Unit 11, Edo Lodge in Oke Ijebu, Akure, the Ondo state capital when voting commenced.
Ondo state police command spokesman, Tee-Lee Ikoro confirmed the incident and said mobile police operatives have been deployed to the scene.
On Twitter, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) claimed the shooting was from thugs loyal to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
Meanwhile, Governor Rotimi Akeredolu has declared that he is waiting for his victory to be announced by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
The governor made the declaration after casting his vote alongside his wife at Ward 05, unit 06, Ijebu 2 Owo.
Speaking to journalists after voting, Governor Akeredolu said the thought of not winning has never crossed his mind.
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