From Maduabuchi Nmeribeh, Kano
No fewer than 10 hoodlums were arrested by the police in Kano during the Saturday’s gubernatorial rerun election.
The Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG) Anthony Ogbizi who briefed journalists at the Bompai Police Headquarters on Saturday, also denied allegations by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) that thugs took over the polling units.
The Police boss further described as unfortunate allegation by the PDP that the police compromised their duty during the election, insisting that adequate security arrangements were put in place for peaceful conduct of the election.
He said some of the suspects were arrested, while trying to foment trouble at various polling units where the elections were held.
According to him, “we made some arrest at the early hours of this morning. I may not be able to give the exact number of the people arrested. I cannot tell you whether they are black or white in terms of identity; but I can tell you that some human beings were arrested and they are detained, being interrogated.
“They were arrested either found with sticks or in groups. We are arrested more than 10 of them. They are not party officials because you cannot identify them with PDP or APC membership cards.”
DIG Ogbizi also affirmed that there was adequate security arrangement across the state during the exercise, adding that, “I think to me, the security arrangement was quite in order. We did not witness any ugly incident, except minor and isolated incidences which were quickly addressed. Voting went on in all the polling units.
“The process of collating the result is on, some have now moved to the collation centres and there have not been any protest.”
He pointed out that, “if thugs had occupied any polling unit, certainly, INEC would not have been comfortable to bring out their materials to conduct the voting process.
“Voters that went to vote would not have been able to vote. Again, you know it is a secret ballot, so we do not know which party or candidate the voters are voting for.
“The results have not come yet. Police is never involved in the conduct of the election, we are involved in providing security for the smooth conduct of the election. So, to accuse the police wrongly, I think it is unfair.
“We should refute that report on social media that some people were killed in Kano. Was the name of anybody killed mentioned? Where are the witnesses? If there are not, then what are you saying.
“Now, we heard that people were killed, houses were burnt, the Commissioner arrested people—all these we heard, we need to verify all these things, and they are not true.”