Lagos Police Boss Admits Cases Of Electoral Violence, Ballot Snatching
The Commissioner of Police, Lagos State Police Command, Idowu Owohunwa said the Saturday election witnessed some breaches during Governorship and State Houses of Assembly elections but the Police promptly responded to the incidences.
The Police boss was speaking during an interview session with Seun Okinbaloye, monitored on Channels Television.
The CP also reacted to the alledged video of a young man said to have snatched a ballot box, reported to have been resisted by some electorates who attacked him.
Owohunwa said, that illegal two wrongs can not make a right. He added,”the good news is that contrary to the information being circulated on social media, the young man is alive, he was rescued by the Police and other security agencies, and is currently receiving medical attention, he is stable.”
Answering questions on an alledged electorate who was said to have been gunned down by someone who brought a matchete to a polling unit, the CP responded that such should be within the purview of the military.
Asked of how much was the details of violence and the thugs, said to have been unleashed in several polling units, CP Owohunwa responded, “The one within the purview of the Police, we are currently compiling, of course a lot of arrests have been made and recoveries also made. Most of these cases of ballot box snatching, we recovered virtually all the ballot boxes. The reality is that in most parts of Lagos, the exercise proceeded under a very peaceful and secured environment,” the Lagos Commissioner said.
He said he visited Ikorodu, Badagry, Ikeja, Ikoyi and some other parts of the state to monitor the process.
He said agents of some political parties in Badagry sat together chatting and addressed the press.
The CP also commended the performance of the police.