The police in Delta State on Wednesday said they had arrested four men who snatched permanent voter cards at Otu-Jeremi in the Ughelli South Local Government Area of the state.
The Police Public Relations Officer, Celestina Kalu, said the Divisional Police Officer in charge of the area had received a report from the electoral officer in charge of the council, Mr. Uchechukwu Eze, that some people had stormed units 17 and 18 of Jeremi Ward 2 in Oginibo and snatched about 503 permanent voter cards meant for distribution.
She said“Based on the report, the DPO led patrol team to the areas where the INEC supervisor of the wards one, Iweobi Patricia, identified Bulless Mrikugbe, Raymond Justus Ese and Josiah Shetode as the culprits.
“The three suspects were promptly arrested. However, the 503 PVCs were later recovered abandoned near the motor park in Oginibo town.”
Kalu said in another part of the area, the police arrested one Felix Obokan for snatching 654 PVCs meant for distribution in unit 12, Ekakpamre ward.
She added that the police were able to recover the 654 PVCs.
“Meanwhile, investigation is in progress while all the recovered PVCs have been released to the electoral officer for Ughelli South LGA.”
In a related development in Erho-Abraka, Ethiope East Local Government Area, the PPRO said a youth corps member, Mr. Egugwu Mulaka, serving as a distribution official reported to the police the theft of 144 PVCs meant for distribution in unit six of the ward.
“Four persons suspected by the distribution officer have been arrested.
“They are helping the police in investigation
“Meanwhile, efforts are on to recover the stolen PVCs,” she said.