By Abuchi Onwumelu
Anambra State Police Commissioner of Police Rabiu Ladodo last Tuesday said fourteen persons were arrested over various forms of electoral offenses during the just- concluded Presidential and National Assembly elections in the state.
Ladodo, who disclosed this in a chat with reporters, listed ballot box snatching, disruption of elections, malicious damage and thuggery as among the offences committed by the suspects.
He said the suspects would be charged to court as soon as investigations were concluded.
According to him: ‘Exhibit recovered includes 2 vehicles, 2 Motorcycles, 3 Ballot Boxes (snatched from Okpoko), electoral materials such as ballot papers destroyed at Obosi and Ojoto Collation Centres.
‘Other exhibits include 2 knives and dry leaves suspected to be Cannabis Sativa
‘I want to commend all “Ndi Anambra” for conducting themselves in a peaceful manner and for coming out to exercise their civic responsibilities.
‘Despite some isolated cases recorded in some parts of the State where the Command responded promptly and prevented breakdown of law and order, the election was generally peaceful without recording any loss of lives or property.
‘This goes to confirm that Anambra State is not only a peaceful in the whole federation, but also the most secured in terms of safety and security,’ he said.
While advising aggrieved parties that lost in the election not to take laws into their hands and foment trouble, the Commissioner urged them to explore legal avenues to seek for redress.
‘The Command will not fold its arms and watch any individual or group no matter how highly placed to disrupt the relative peace in the State which the law enforcement agencies in the State are working assiduously to maintain,’ he warned.