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Election violence: Police arrest 23 suspects in Lagos

By Evelyn Usman

At least 20 suspected political thugs were arrested in different parts of Lagos state yesterday.

A break down of the arrest as highlighted by the Commissioner of Police, Lagos State Police Command, Zubairu Muazu, while briefing journalists after monitoring the polls, showed that Okota and Shomolu areas of Lagos had the largest number of arrest, with nine suspects, each.

Muazu, who described the exercise generally as peaceful, said measures had been placed to forestall any repeat of such incident in the governorship election.

He said, ” the election in almost every part of Lagos was calm. However, there were disruptions in some area.

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“The important was the one at Okota where few polling units were attacked. Some hoodlums went there when the election was ongoing and disrupted the process”.

He, however, stated that no life was lost in the violence.

He said, “we heard the falsehood that people were killed but we went there and we did not see any corpse. The DPO did not see anyone that was killed.

“In Okota, nine suspects were arrested. They came in motorcycles and 10 of these were recovered. Okota is a very large area and we cannot deploy armed policemen to polling units. The armed policemen were far off. That was why the hoodlums were able to strike and fled before armed policemen could get there.

“It is indeed a breach of the restriction order. I wonder where they came from but the case is under investigation and we will find out where they came from.

“Earlier, nine suspects were arrested at Somolu. A stop and search team at the Stadium area in Surulere arrested two suspects and recovered a locally made pistol.

“We did not know where they were going to but investigation will establish that. At Alakara, three suspects were arrested. No arrest was made at Epe and at Ijora, there
was information some persons wanted to disrupt the election, we quickly controlled the situation”.

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