The Nigeria Police Force as part of her determination to ensure violence free and credible elections across the country in the forthcoming 2019 General Election, the Force has put in adequate security arrangement to guarantee free and fair elections from primary elections of all political parties to period of nomination and campaigns and the election proper throughout the thirty-six States and the FCT.
In a press statement by the Nigeria Police Public Relations Officer, ACP Jimoh Moshood, he said that the Inspector General of Police directive to all Commissioners of Police and their supervising Assistant Inspector General of Police to ensure adequate security and should not hesitate to deal decisively with any individual or group whose conduct or action might resort to disruption of the Electoral process anywhere in the country regardless of status or position in the society is yielding results.
The IGP Special Tactical Squad today being 12th May, 2018, on a tip-off trailed and arrested suspects namely: Engr. Ikpamezie Innocent– Principal Suspect from Mbaitoli LGA of Imo State (Special Adviser on Electoral matters to Senator Hope Uzodimma representing Orlu Senatorial District of Imo State), Lawrence Archibong from Akpabuyo LGA of Cross Rivers State, Kelechi Affonne from Isialagwa North LGA of Abia State and Joseph Martins from Ivo LGA of Ebonyi State in Seredib Hotel at Wuse II, Abuja while in the act in hideout in the hotel, manipulating and entering data into result sheets of the Imo State APC Ward Election Result Sheets. In their possession were recovered these exhibits; Sixty-Eight APC Ward Congress result sheets, Six APC LG result Sheet, Six LG APC Ward Officers and delegates list for the aborted 5th May, 2018 APC Ward congress elections and One Hundred and Thirty APC delegates nomination forms of Ward and Local Government Electoral Materials of Six (6) Local Governments in Imo State, namely; (i) Ikeduru (ii) Ahiazu Mbaise (iii) Ngor-Okpala (iv) Owerri West (v) Owerri Municipal (vi) Mbaitoli
The Force Spokesperson said that the Principal Suspect, Engr. Ikpamezie Innocent from Mbaitoli LGA of Imo State who admitted to be the Special Adviser on Electoral matters to Senator Hope Uzodimma representing Orlu Senatorial District of Imo State currently in the Senate confessed that all the electoral materials were given to them by Dr. Iyke Njoku, Zonal coordinator, Owerri Municipality to Senator Hope Uzodimma representing Orlu Senatorial District of Imo State in the Senate.
ACP Moshood said all the suspects admitted and confessed to the various criminal roles they played in the commission of the crime and Investigation is in progress and effort is being intensified to arrest Dr. Iyke Njoku and other suspects still at large. All suspects will all be arraigned in court on completion of investigation.