The Commissioner of Police in charge election in Anambra State, Rabiu Ladodo, has announced the abduction of a member of the National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, and a presiding officer on Saturday during the presidential and National Assembly elections in the state by unknown persons.
Ladodo revealed this at a press briefing on Saturday in Awka, the state capital.
According to him, though the elections in the state was largely peaceful, there were isolated cases of violence in some parts of the state.
Ladodo said: “Despite the relative peace recorded so far, there are a few isolated incidents recorded, such as ballot box snatching at Onuma imeobi Square Ward 6 Unit 4 Onitsha; vote buying, disruption of election in some polling units, alleged abduction of a presiding officer and a youth corps member in Indiokolo Unit, Orumba North LGA of Anambra South Senatorial Zone.
“Consequently, the Command has arrested seven suspects in connection with vote buying and disruption of electoral process.
“The Command also arrested two armed Police mobile personnel on illegal duty.
“All cases are under investigation at the State CIID, Awka, and effort is being intensified to rescue the abducted persons and bring perpetrators tobook.”
The CP also revealed that one mini shuttle bus, two motorcycle, N110,920 cash, two handbags containing dry leaves suspected to be Indian hemp and two knives were recovered from the suspects.
He said: “I have gone round the state along with heads of other security agencies both on Aerial and Vehicular patrols, in order to assess levels of deployment by the security agencies at various polling units and to ensure that the electorate exercise their franchise without hindrance.
“The election is generally peaceful and all the places visited have witnessed significant turnout of voters amid tight security in the areas.”