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Election violence: 20 persons arrested by Police in Ondo

No fewer than 20 persons have been arrested in Oba Akoko in Akoko South West Local Government Area of Ondo State by the Police for violence during the just concluded State House of Assembly election.

According to the State Police Public Relations Officer, Femi Joseph, the suspects were apprehended in connection with the electoral violence that occurred in the town on Saturday.

He stated that investigation have commenced into the matter.

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“We have arrested about 20 persons in connection with violence in different places during the election on Saturday,” Joseph said.

It was gathered that violence erupted when some political thugs attempted to snatch ballot boxes at the collation centre in Oba Akoko, but they were repelled by security operatives at the centre.

Two people were reported to have died from the incident while many vehicles, including the patrol van of the Police, were also vandalised. Resident who flew the town are yet to return according to report.

Meanwhile, the State government had imposed a curfew on the town following the incident.

Governor Rotimi Akeredolu, who was in the town on Monday to assess the level of damage, said the government would set up a panel of enquiry to look into the remote causes of the violence and make appropriate recommendations.

He declared that the perpetrators of the violence would not go unpunished.

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