- Police have defended their action during Osun rerun
- The force said it only prevented people who don't have business with voting
- It also urged the public to dismiss the rumour that it manhandled journalists
The police have defended the allegation leveled against its operatives in Osun state that they were preventing the electorate from moving near the election poll.
It said its action was borne out of an effort to forestall violence and clash of interest.
Premium Terms reports that that Ali Janga, a police commissioner who is monitoring security arrangement in Orolu local government area, made this defence when asked why the security operative took such a dubious step.
NAIJ.com gathers that the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Parties (PDP) in the Osun rerun, Ademola Adeleke, has previously raised alarm over what he described as coup in the process, saying his candidacy was targeted by the federal government.
But defending the police's action, Janga said only people who didn't have anything to do with the election were prevented.
He said: "We check people for their voters’ cards and ensure that they are registered to vote in any of the three polling units in Orolu LGA before we let them pass.
“The polling unit has been written on the card. If your unit is not in any of these places we will ask you to go back.”
Janga also used the platform to clear the dust that no persons were detained as speculated online, adding that such fake information was targeted at damaging the reputation of the force.
He said: “No body was arrested by the police. People are feeding out false information sponsored by politicians.”
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Meanwhile, NAIJ.com earlier reported that Bello Ahmed, the Ekiti state commissioner of police in charge of the Osun governorship re-run election in Olede in Ife south local government, had said that security agents were monitoring the issue of vote-buying.
Ahmed, while speaking with newsmen at Adereti polling unit 12, ward 7 in Olode, said that anyone caught buying votes would be arrested and prosecuted.
He, however, said that the election had been peaceful, adding that the voters showed high level of moral decorum and civic maturity.
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