The Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Idowu Owohunwa, has dismissed stories of widespread acts of violence and voter suppression within the state governorship election held on Saturday, March 18.
In an interview with Channels TV, Owohunwa confirmed the assaults on voters and electoral officers recorded at some Lagos polling items, saying, “It’s true that we’ve recorded cases of violence in some areas throughout the state.” He nonetheless added that the incidents have been “not as widespread as to have an effect on the overall dynamics of the method”.
Based on him, a lot of the cases have been “correctly responded to by the police as a result of we anticipated them”.
When requested if the command had anticipated the violence, he stated, “Sure, in some cases. As safety practitioners, while you plan operations of this nature, you should anticipate that some parts will wish to turn out to be adversaries within the course of. We anticipated after which we built-in that into our basic operational plan and we activated that protocol successfully on this occasion. Most of these breaches, the police have been capable of reply promptly.”
Owohunwa additionally responded to the claims accompanying some viral movies of alleged incidents of poll field snatching.
Relating to a video of voters supposedly overpowering a younger man alleged to have snatched a poll field, the police commissioner stated
“That in itself is against the law; two wrongs can not make a proper.”
He added that opposite to data on social media, the younger man is alive, after he was rescued by the police and different safety companies and that the suspected electoral offender was receiving medical consideration.
“He’s secure; he’s not lifeless,” Owohunwa stated
The CP famous that the police have been compiling instances throughout the purview, saying “quite a lot of arrests” and “recoveries” had been made.
“In most of these instances of poll field snatching, we recovered just about all of the poll containers” he stated
Talking on stories of disenfranchisement in Eti-Osa Native Authorities Space (LGA), Owohunwa said that the realm had not offered a significant problem.
“Quite, the place we’ve got points now, I feel, is round VGC [Victoria Garden City], particularly anyway, and the difficulty needed to do extra with the relocation of the polling items from the throughout the property to a location exterior the gate,” he stated.
“That falls throughout the mandate of INEC, and when my consideration was drawn to it, I drew the eye of the REC to the event. As we converse, he has personally gone to the placement and is making an attempt to interact the voters, in order that they will discover a frequent floor.”
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