62 “political thugs” arrested over Niger APC Primaries violence

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From Mathew Jwantu, Minna

No fewer than 62 suspected political thugs have been arrested by the Niger State Police Command for allegedly attacking residents during the recent All Progressives Congress (APC) Local Government primaries in the State.

Two persons were allegedly killed in Shiroro LGA, when the APC conducted its primary elections for Chairmen and councillors ahead of the LG polls slated for November 30th, 2019.

The State Commissioner of Police, Adamu Usman told newsmen that the suspects were from five local government areas.

He said, “we arrested 44 suspects from Paikoro Local Government Area, 4 suspects from Rijau Local Government Area, 10 suspects from Tafa Local Government Area, 2 suspects from Katcha Local Government Area, and another 2 suspects from Rafi Local Government Area.

“We also impounded one Toyota vehicle with dangerous weapons, such as machetes, daggers, and knives which we recovered from some of the suspects.”

While assuring that the Command was committed to providing a peaceful atmosphere for the conduct of free, fair and credible LGA elections, the Commissioner warned politicians, especially those seeking elective positions, against sponsoring political violence during and after the local government elections in the state.

He further disclosed that, the suspects would be charged to court for unlawful assembly, disturbance of public peace, being in possession of dangerous weapons and for sponsoring thuggery in accordance with the Niger State Anti-Thuggery law.

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