The Nigeria Police Force said at about 1400hours on Saturday, operatives of the IGP Special Tactical Squad, on a tip-off trailed and arrested some suspects in Seredib Hotel at Wuse II, Abuja while manipulating and entering data into result sheets of the Imo State APC Ward Election Result Sheets. In their possession were 68 APC Ward Congress result sheets, six APC LG result sheet, six LG APC Ward Officers and delegates list for the aborted May 5, 2018 APC Ward congress elections, 130, APC delegates nomination forms of Wards and Local Government Electoral Materials of Six Local Governments in Imo State, namely; Ikeduru, Ahiazu Mbaise, Ngor-Okpala, Owerri West, Owerri Municipal and Mbaitoli.
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Force PRO, Jimoh Moshood, in a statement, said the Principal Suspect, Engr. Ikpamezie Innocent, 39 years from Mbaitoli LGA of Imo State who admitted to be the Special Adviser on Electoral matters to Senator Hope Uzodinma representing Orlu Senatorial District of Imo State currently in the Senate, confessed that all the electoral materials were given to them by Dr. Iyke Njoku, Zonal coordinator, Owerri Municipality to Senator Hope Uzodimma representing Orlu Senatorial District of Imo State in the Senate. He also stated that all the suspects admitted and confessed to the various criminal roles they played in the commission of the crime. Investigation is in progress and effort is being intensified to arrest Dr. Iyke Njoku and other suspects still at large. All suspects will all be arraigned in court on completion of investigation. Other suspects are Lawrence Archibong, 34 years from Akpabuyo LGA of Cross Rivers State, Kelechi Affonne 27 years from Isialagwa North LGA of Abia State and Joseph Martins ‘28Yrs’ from Ivo LGA of Ebonyi State.
The statement also stated that the Force has put in adequate security arrangement to guarantee free and fair elections from primary elections of all political parties to period of nomination and campaigns and the election proper throughout the 36 States and the FCT.
It stated that “the Inspector General of Police has directed all Commissioners of Police and their supervising Assistant Inspector General of Police to ensure adequate security and should not hesitate to deal decisively with any individual or group whose conduct or action might resort to disruption of the Electoral process anywhere in the country regardless of status or position in the society. They are to implement security strategies and measures to forestall any action that may mar or truncate the electoral process before, during and after the 2019 General Elections in the Country.”
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