The Sokoto state Police Command, Sunday, disclosed that no fewer than 79 suspects were arrested by the security agencies in the state during the March 18 Governorship and State House of Assembly elections.
A statement issued to newsmen on Sunday in Sokoto by the command’s spokesman DSP Sanusi Abubakar, said those arrest were persons that violated the movement restriction order and other offences that contravened the Electoral Act.
He said during the elections, the security agencies recorded cases and effected the arrest of persons that engaged in vote-buying, destruction of ballot boxes, thuggery, threats and inciting public disturbances at polling units, among others.
“All the electoral offenses among them were fully investigated and transferred to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for prosecution.
“While others that contravened the penal code have been charged to court by the Police. However, there are others that are still under investigation,” the spokesman said.
Abubakar quoted, the Commissioner of Police in the state, Muhammed Gumel, as urging the public to be wary of allowing themselves from getting involved in any action that violates the law.
“I enjoin all members of the public to be wary of allowing themselves, their loved ones or their political party affiliates from getting involved in actions that are totally repugnant to natural justice, equity and good conscience of law.
“This is especially in view of the forthcoming supplementary elections to be scheduled in Sokoto State.
“More so, I want to restate the commitment of the security agencies toward the protection of lives and property,” he said