The Lagos State Police Command has stated that five of the 23 people who were arrested during the Presidential and National Assembly elections will be charged with electoral crimes.
This came as the command reminded voters that the governorship and state House of Assembly elections in Lagos State on March 11, 2023, would be peaceful.
According to the command, the individuals were apprehended in connection with the destruction of election materials, vote box snatching, and other crimes.
In response, the command’s spokesman, Benjamin Hundeyin, stated: “During preliminary investigation, only five suspects out of the 23 arrested have cases to answer in court for allegedly disrupting the electoral process in the recently concluded Presidential and National Assembly elections held on February 25, 2023.”
“They will be charged to court any moment from now for disrupting the electoral process. Their investigations have been concluded. The rest were just victims of circumstances,” he addded.
Meanwhile, assuring Lagosians of maximum safety during March 11, polls, state Commissioner of Police, Idowu Owohunwa, said: “The command has fully deployed its human and operational resources in conjunction with sister security agencies to ensure free, fair and credible elections. Voters are, therefore, encouraged to come out to exercise their franchise and not succumb to the panic tactics of a few unpatriotic elements masquerading as concerned and well intentioned Nigerians on social media.
“It is equally imperative to warn against mischief around the polling units and collation centrs and beyond, as anyone found culpable will be promptly arrested and dealt with in accordance weith the law,” he stated.