Police arrest 104 in Rivers for possessing multiple PVCs, weapons

Ballot boxes used to illustrate the story.
Ballot boxes used to illustrate the story.

The police in Rivers said they have arrested 104 suspects for possessing multiple Permanent Voters’ Cards, offensive weapons, ballot boxes and papers.

The spokesperson of the River State Police Command, Muhammad Ahmad, said the offences contradict the Electoral Act 2010 or other extant laws of the Nigeria.

He added that the police are now investigating the case.

“Accordingly, the command is discreetly investigating 41 different cases involving 104 suspects arrested on the election days from different parts of the State,” he said.

Mr. Ahmad said the suspects will be arraigned at the end of its investigations.

In Rivers State, the March 28 Presidential and National Assembly election and April 11 governorship and State Assembly elections held amid violence and other irregularities.

The Civil Society Situation Room, foreign and domestic observers among others, lamented the spate of violence in the state with at least 6 people killed and called for investigations.

While the Peoples Democratic Party won most elections in the state, the opposition All Progressives Congress has called for the cancellation of results and re-conduct of the elections.

The Independent National Electoral Commission in its reports of the election acknowledged that Rivers witnessed the highest amount of violence during the elections.


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