Seven caught with fake Army, DSS stickers in Ebonyi

About seven persons have been arrested with fake army and Department of Security Service fake stickers while on their way to Onicha Local Government Area of Ebonyi State.

The suspects were apprehended by members of the Special Anti-robbery Squad attached to the local government area.

Sunday Punch gathered that the Siena bus which the suspects came with had been impounded and its four tyres deflated following the order of the state governor, David Umahi.

The matter, our correspondent learnt, was reported to the state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Awosola Awutunde, by the state governor after he had cast his vote at about 10:16am.

Speaking on the exercise, Umahi commended the chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Mahmoud Yakubu, for conducting credible elections.

“The exercise has been excellent. I must commend the INEC chairman, the card reader malfunctioning is the fault of the RACTEC not INEC”, he said.

Umahi however explained that there were minimal cases of electoral malpractice in the state.

“There have been cases of thuggery and other related matters in the state, but these are minimal because the people are not on the ground.

“Another is the report that some people with a Siena bus were caught with fake army and DSS stickers in Onicha local government.

“I have directed that those suspects whom I learnt came from Enugu to Onicha should be arrested and bought to the state police command for further investigation”, he said.

Similarly, the All Progressives Congress governor candidate in the state, Sonni Ogbuoji, voted at 10:30am at his Ebunwana Ward in Afikpo South LGA.

The APC governorship hopeful who was accompanied to his Amaeke Polling Unit by his supporters, described the exercise as peaceful and assured them that President Muhammadu Buhari would be re-elected.

He commended INEC for a job well done and called on Nigerians and the candidates to accept the outcomes of the exercise which he said was very transparent and peaceful.

Sunday PUNCH reports that the exercise was relatively peaceful in the state.

After visiting about 27 voting points scattered in Abakaliki, Ikwo, Onicha, Ezza South and Afikpo South Local Government Areas of the state, our correspondent gathered that most the residents expressed satisfaction with the elections.

A voter, who spoke to our correspondent at Amaukabi polling unit, Owutu community of Afikpo LGA, on condition of anonymity, however said people had protested in the area because INEC could not extend the voting time.

According to him, many people hadn’t voted as of 2:45pm on Saturday, when INEC officials started packing their materials.

Also, our correspondent observed that minor cases of thuggery and alleged killings, except the alleged killing of two persons in Ikwo area of the state, in a crisis that equally got about four others badly injured.

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