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4 suspected electoral offenders handed over to INEC for prosecution

The Lagos State Police Command says it has handed over four suspected electoral offenders to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for prosecution.

Nigeriacrime.com gathered that out of 23 persons arrested during Presidential and Parliamentary elections in Lagos State, six of them were allegedly found to be culpable for electoral and criminal acts.

The Police Public Relations Officer in Lagos, SP Benjamin Hundeyin, said two males and two females were handed over to INEC on Friday morning for alleged unlawful possession of PVCs and diversion of sensitive electoral materials.

The image maker said that two other suspects arrested the same day would be prosecuted by the police for alleged unlawful possession of firearms.

Hundeyin said those to be prosecuted by the police were Joseph Agada and Animashaun Kabiru.

He said all the suspects were charged to court on Friday.

In a related development, the Commissioner of Police, Lagos State Command, CP Idowu Owohunwa, has assured traders at the Ladipo Auto Market, Mushin and other markets in the state of adequate security.

Owohunwa made the promise on Friday when he visited Ladipo Auto Market to meet with the leadership of the market and have first-hand assessment of the place.

The CP, who was received by the leadership of the market led by the President General, Ladipo International Market- Mr Jude Nwankwo, said more uniform and plain clothes officers have already been deployed to the market and others in the state.

He urged them to be peaceful and law-abiding, and never to take laws into their hands.

The police boss said more attention of the command has now been drawn to the marketplaces in the state, calling on the traders to always give timely useful information about strange movements and gathering to the police.

The President General of the Market, Mr Jude Nwankwo, appreciated the CP for the visit.
Nwankwo also commended him for his concern and proactiveness to the security of the traders and businesses at Ladipo market.

Nwankwo specifically appreciated Owohunwa for his deployment of more men to the market, stressing that such security presence has given confidence to traders and customers at the biggest auto spare parts market in West Africa.

The traders also commended the Area Commander Zone D Mushin and the Divisional Police Officers (DPOs) in charge of the area for their professionalism all the time.

It will be recalled that goods worth millions of naira were, on Wednesday, burnt down by unidentified arsonists, who invaded Akere Motor Parts and Allied Dealers Market, in the Olodi-Apapa area of Lagos State.

The incident, which claimed the life of one Baba Hakeem, the security guard for the taxi park beside the market, was said to have been perpetrated by masked men.

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