The Police in Imo State have arrested over 105 persons for election-related offences during and after the Gubernatorial and House of Assembly polls in the State, the State Commissioner of Police, Dasuki Galadanchi, disclosed.
Briefing Reporters on the security situation in the State on Sunday at the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) office in Owerri, the CP stated that the culprits included some political thugs as well as fake Police and Military personnel in camouflage.
CP Galadanchi confirmed that there was an early morning attack yesterday on a collation centre in Nwangele Local Council of the State where two INEC adhoc workers were wounded and hospitalized.
He said another attack took place in Mbaitoli council area, adding the suspects would be diligently investigated and prosecuted.
CP Galadanchi, maintained that the State was calm, assuring the citizens that security agents were on ground to ensure a hitch-free exercise the few cases of ballot box snatching and the unwholesome activities of hoodlums notwithstanding.
“We have arrested over 105 suspects for various election malpractices. I will tell you there was an attack on a collation centre in Nwangele (council area) around 6:00a.m yesterday.
“From outside, they fired pump action and one National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) member and adhoc staff, David, and one Engr. Amuchie, who is equally an adhoc staff, were injured and taken to St. Mary’s Joint Hospital, Amaigbo where they are receiving treatment.” The CP said.
Meanwhile, the collation centre in Owerri has been re-opened and collation of results is about to start.