By Ayanboade Kehinde
The Oyo state Police Command said over 18 suspects have been arrested for various electoral offences during the Saturday’s governorship/state House of Assembly elections in the state.
The police command said all the 18 suspects would face criminal prosecution after conclusion of investigation.
Their offences ranged from ballot box snatching, violence and other related electoral fraud committed in different parts of the state during the Saturday poll.
The State Commissioner of Police, Mr Shina Olukolu who spoke through the Police Public Relations Officer ( PPRO) , Mr. Olugbenga Fadeyi, a Superintendent of Police (SP) explained that the suspects who were been held at the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department (SCIID) were arrested at various polling units during the Saturday poll.
He said the names of suspects were still being withheld by the police not to tamper with the ongoing investigation.
According to the state police boss, seven guns, 30 live cartridges, and some other miscellaneous items were recovered from the suspects.
He further disclosed that the suspects who are currently held at the SCIID would soon be transferred to Abuja for further investigation in line with the directives from the Inspector General of Police (IG) before prosecution.
” I can confidently tell you that 18 suspects were arrested in connection with electoral offences during the last governorship/state House of Assembly poll in different parts of the state. And seven guns, 30 live cartridges and some miscellaneous items were recovered from them.
“The State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department (SCIID) is handling the investigation and the suspects will later be transferred to Abuja for further investigation before prosecution,” he stated.