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NIGER: Police arrest whistle blowers over false claim of ballot thumb-printing

THE situation room of the All Progressive Congress gubernatorial candidate in Niger State, Umar Bago, was invaded yesterday by men of the Niger State Police Command.

According to Abdulberqy Ebbo, the Bago Campaign Organisation’s Director of Digital and Strategic Communications, who spoke to journalists after a post on Facebook, the policemen stormed the premises and ransacked the situation room, claiming they were acting on a tip-off from some persons.

According to Ebbo, the Divisional Police Officer who led the search was reliably informed that personnel from the Independent Election Commission were in the building with sensitive papers thumb-printing ahead of the APC’s Saturday gubernatorial poll.

He said, “I got a call that the situation was being searched by the police. I rushed there and asked the DPO what was going on and he said they were informed that INEC staff were in the situation room thumb-printing ahead of the governorship election on Saturday.

“When they finished searching, they discovered that there was no such thing going on in the building. At that time, the Commissioner of Police had also arrived on the premises, so the boys who have the information were arrested for giving false information to the police.

“As I was arriving at the building, I noticed many PDP members standing by and then I realised the report had come from them and they seemed ready to cause trouble. The CP said having a situation room wasn’t out of place.”

The PPRO, Abiodun Wasiu, told newsmen that two persons were arrested for giving false information to the police in an attempt to cause breach of peace in the state.

“The informant who was identified as Engineer Ndagi and one other were immediately arrested for giving false information and attempt to cause breach of peace at the scene.”

Wasiu said the suspects had been transferred to State Criminal Investigation Department for further investigation.

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