Election: Police arrest 17 suspects in Lagos

By Moses Omorogieva

The Police Command in  Lagos State says 17 persons, including a woman were arrested during the governorship and House of Assembly elections  in the state for various offences.

The command`s Police Public Relations Officer, SP Benjamin Hundeyin, confirmed the arrest to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Sunday.

NAN reports  that the Commissioner of Police in Lagos, CP Idowu Owohunwa, on Saturday told newsmen  that the list of persons arrested was being  compiled and would be released  on Sunday.

The spokesperson said those arrested were involved in 21 cases which included, attack on INEC officials, vandalism and ballot box snatching.

Others are, fake INEC ID possession, conduct likely to cause breach of peace, assault occasioning harm and illegal possession of firearms.

Hundeyin said that all 17 suspects had been taken to the State Criminal Investigation Department (SCID), Panti-Yaba for further investigation.

He said those culpable of electoral offences would be handed over to INEC for prosecution, while those for other criminal offences would  be charged in court. (NAN)