Police Operatives have announced the arrest of three suspects for buying permanent voter’s card (PVC) and causing disturbance of public peace at Adewale Street, Alekuwodo area, Osogbo, Osun State.
The arrest, according to the police, was made by the Intelligence unit of Force Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department (FCIID), the IGP Monitoring Unit as well as the Intelligence Response Team (IRT) of the Force and Osun Police Command deployed to gather intelligence, arrest and prosecute any person involved in electoral offences and other crime that is contrary to the electoral act 2011 as amended.
Those who were arrested today, Tuesday, according to the police are 60 year old Alhaji Fatai of Catholic Mission Road, Osogbo; 54 year old Sikiru Lawal of Mafowurosere Street, Jaleoyemi area, Osogbo and 54 year old Adekilekun Segun of Timehin Street, Isale-Osun, Osogbo.
“The three suspects were arrested at Adewale street, Alekuwodo area, Osogbo at one of the polling units where a re-run election is scheduled to take place on Thursday 27th September, 2018, while they were said to be soliciting to buy additional PVCs from one Olawale Kazeem of No. 4B, Adewale Street, Alekuwodo area, Osogbo and Azeez Sulaiman of No. 3A, Akinlade Street, Alekuwodo. It was gathered that when the duo declined to sell their PVC, they were allegedly attacked by the supporters of the suspects.
“However, timely intervention of the police operatives led to the arrest of the three suspects after they were attacked & wounded by the mob. However the wounded were taken to the Police Hospital for medical treatment and currently assisting the Police in investigation into the crime and the recovery of the PVCs alleged to have been bought from other people in Osun State. The outcome of the investigation will definitely be made public.”
The police assured the people of Osun State and other critical stakeholders of its renewed commitment and resolve to ensure adequate security for a free and fair re-run election as announced by INEC in Osun State.
The Force called on members of the public to desist from any action that may elicit violence as any person arrested will be made to face the full wrath of the law.