Nigerian Police have refuted report that it arrested some accredited INEC Observers and denied them access to polling units in the re-run election in Osun State.
Force public relations officer, Mr. Jimoh Moshood said in a statement on Thursday that the police arrested 16 persons in illegal possession of customized INEC Observers’ tags, face caps, jackets and PDP membership cards.
According to him, “Police team on stop and search duties at Orolu intercepted vehicles with 16 persons on board in possession of customized INEC tags, face cap and jackets with the inscription of “INEC Osun 2018 Election Observer” and PDP membership cards.
“The suspects are using the items to have easy access to restricted areas meant for personnel with due accreditation,” he added.
“The Nigeria Police Force wish to debunk report that some accredited INEC Observers were arrested or denied access to polling units”, he stated.
He 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 while investigation continues.
The police also listed those arrested as: Moshood Adejare ‘M’ – People’s Democratic Party (PDP), House of Representatives aspirant in Orolu Federal Constituency, Oyelayo Dayo ‘M’- PDP member, Orolu LGA and Olaoye Asimi ‘M’- PDP member Orolu LGA.
Others are: Raimi Taofeeq ‘M’- secretary, PDP Orolu LGA; Gbenga Olapade ‘M’, Charles Amibiogoiu ‘M’, Ayomide Ayansola ‘M’, Kayode Dada ‘M’, Daramola Segun ‘M’, Tunji Akinroyinmi ‘M’, Kunle ADEDEJI ‘M’ ,Habeeb Bahiru ‘M’, Yisa Sodiq ‘M’, Adeolu Bamijoko ‘M’ Oladipo Samson ‘M’ and Adeolu Bamidele ‘M.’
The police reiterated its determination to discharging its responsibilities of ensuring peaceful conclusion of the inconclusive Osun 2018 Gubernatorial Election by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).