The police have detained two people who were in possession of 468 Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs).
Fidel Info This information was released in a statement on Sunday that was signed by Festus Okoye, National Commissioner for INEC and Chairman of the Information and Voter Education Committee.
The offenders, Nasiru Idris and another (name withheld), were apprehended in Sokoto State and Kano State, respectively, with 101 and 367 PVCs, respectively, according to the statement.
According to Okoye, their behavior violated Sections 117 and 145 of the Electoral Act of 2022.
The statement further mentioned that the perpetrators were currently being punished as required.
The statement read, “In the last couple of weeks, the Nigeria Police has arrested some individuals found to be in illegal possession of voter cards in some States of the Federation.
“In one case, the Police have concluded investigations and handed over the case file to the Commission, resulting in the successful prosecution of one Nasiru Idris at a Magistrate Court in Sokoto who was found to be in possession of 101 PVCs in contravention of Sections 117 and 145 of the Electoral Act 2022. He has been sentenced to a year in prison.
“Similarly, the Police in Kano State have arrested a man who was found to be in possession of 367 PVCs. The suspect has been charged to court and the Commission is pursuing his prosecution.
“The Commission wishes to reiterate that it will continue to pursue all violators of the Electoral Act and ensure their diligent prosecution.”
Giving an update on the PVC collection, the commissioner explained, “Following the end of the statutory period for the display of the register of voters for claims and objections, the Commission is determined to make the collection of PVCs as seamless as possible.
“A standard operating procedure has been developed. This will be among the issues to be discussed and finalised at a retreat holding in Lagos from 28th November to 2nd December 2022 involving all the Resident Electoral Commissioners.
“At the end of the retreat, the Commission will release the dates as well as the detailed procedure for the immediate collection of PVCs nationwide.”
“The Commission appreciates the patience and understanding of Nigerians, especially those who registered as voters or applied for transfer/replacement of their cards from January to July 2022. In making the cards available for collection, the Commission is also working to ensure that the process is hitch-free.”
Abia Police Begin Massive Arrests
As a result of the reported shooting of some police officers nearby, there have been mounting worries about the widespread arrests of residents in the Ndiegoro neighborhood of Aba by members of the Abia State Police Command.
Fidel Info reports that following the murder of a police inspector last Wednesday by local gunmen, two of the assailants were also killed, these arrests were made.
Governor Okezie Ikpeazu “condemns in its entirety, any act of hostility against any security agent anywhere in the state, let alone the assassination of a police officer under any pretext whatever,” according to Onyebuchi Ememanka, Chief Press Secretary to the governor.
“The peace and security we all enjoy here and which has set Abia State apart as an oasis of peace is largely attributable to the gallantry and commitment of the officers of the different security agencies in the state.
“It is therefore preposterous and unacceptable that the same officers who strive day and night for our safety will receive any form of hostility from the citizens.”
The Governor, Ememanka said, “assures that government will work with the police in the state to fish out the perpetrators of that heinous act and ensure that they face the law as appropriate.”
Ikpeazu further assured the citizens in the area that his administration is already in talks with all the service commanders of the different security agencies in the State with a view to bringing the situation under control, and ensuring that peace and tranquillity return to the area, adding “Innocent citizens must be protected at all costs. That is the position of the law.”
Ikpeazu urged all to remain calm and go about their businesses without fear, let nor hindrance.
When contacted, the command’s Public Relations Officer, Geoffrey Ogbonna, said that he was not aware of any government statement on arrests, stating “Somebody who loses a thing will be looking for it.”
“All I know is that they are raiding perceived black spots in the area.”
Yoruba Nation Rally: One Fatal Casualty Confirmed
Benjamin Hundeyin, the public relations officer for the Lagos State Command Police, has verified that one person passed away during the unrest that took place in the Ojota region of the state early on Monday.
Fidel Info reports that Today’s turmoil started when the Yoruba Nation protesters assembled in Ojota for a demonstration.
“In the early hours of today, miscreants masquerading as Yoruba Nation agitators came out in their hundreds, disrupting social and commercial activities at Ojota area of the State.”
“A team of police officers, comprising Alausa Division and the Raid Respond Squad promptly stepped in to disperse the unlawful gathering and prevent a breakdown of law and order. The miscreants attacked the police, shooting, and destroyed two vehicles in the process.”
“One person has been confirmed dead, while two police officers shot by the miscreants are currently receiving treatment. Four suspects have been arrested and investigations have commenced.”
“Meanwhile, normalcy has been restored to the area. Lagosians are urged to go about their lawful businesses as measures have been put in place to prevent further breakdown of law and order; and keen monitoring of the situation continues.”
“It is imperative to state unequivocally that the Lagos State Police Command will not allow any person or group of persons, under whatever guise, disrupt the peace currently enjoyed in the State,” the PPRO said in a statement on Twitter.
He added that, “The RRS officers and patrol vehicles were shot at by several pump-action-rifle-wielding miscreants.”
Police Kills Robbery Suspect In Oshodi
One robbery suspect was killed, according to the Lagos State Police Command, as his group was exchanging gunfire with the police force’s agents in the Oshodi area.
Fidel Info reports that SP Benjamin Hundeyin, the command’s public relations officer, confirmed the event on Thursday to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).
According to Hundeyin, the incident took place on Akinpelu-Oshodi Road on December 24 at 3 a.m.
He claimed that during a stop-and-search operation, the anti-robbery operators of the Akinpelu police division came upon the robbery group.
The police responded quickly to the suspected armed robbers’ fire after they spotted them and opened fire on them, according to the police spokesman.
According to Hundeyin, two other suspects were wounded by bullets but were able to flee, while one of the suspects was fatally shot during the incident.
He said efforts are on to arrest the fleeing suspects, and he appealed to members of the public and health workers to report to the police any one found with bullet wounds.
The Police PRO said one locally-made pistol, one Elepaq generator, and 15 computer UPS were recovered from the suspect.
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