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Lagos attacks: We’ve arrested suspects, recovered election materials, say police 

Lagos attacks: We’ve arrested suspects, recovered election materials, say police 
March 18
21:59 2023

Idowu Owohunwa, the commissioner of police in Lagos, says weapons and sensitive election materials have been recovered following the attacks on polling units in the state.

The governorship and state houses of assembly elections held across the country on Saturday.

Speaking on Saturday with journalists following his monitoring activities for the elections in the state, the commissioner of police said some persons were also arrested over various electoral offences.

“We made a number of arrests. We also made some recoveries, in terms of INEC-sensitive materials, ballot boxes, and offensive weapons. The number of arrests is still being compiled from our field officers,” Owohunwa said. 


“I will by Sunday morning know the exact number and make it public. No one was killed in Lagos state during the gubernatorial election.

“Our operational plans actually anticipated that there would be breaches. It was planned in a way that whenever it occurred, our attention was drawn to such breaches. 

“We have a second layer action plan which we activated in most of the isolated instances where the breaches were reported. We promptly responded and restored order.”


The Lagos police commissioner’s comment comes amid attacks on some polling units in the state.

Earlier on Saturday, thugs wearing masks reportedly attacked polling units at ward D, Igando/Ikotun area of Lagos state as well as other areas. 

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) also postponed the governorship and state assembly elections in 10 polling units in Victoria Garden City (VGC) estate in Lagos state over security concerns.


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