Police in Delta State Asaba have arrested 63 violence perpetrators in Kwale, Ibusa and Ozoro on Saturday, while thugs suspected to be loyal to a certain political party allegedly killed one in Ibusa, snatched six ballot boxes and destroyed two vehicles.
The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, DSP Celestina Kalu, who confirmed the arrest of the suspects, said that the Police were working hard to bring to book those who perpetrated the evil at various centres during the polls.
While warning that there will be no hiding place for evil doers, DSP Kalu said that the elections were well monitored by the security agents who also ensured that there was no breakdown of laws and order in most parts of the state.
But in Ndokwa East and Ndokwa West, though the election started in peaceful way after the arrival of the electoral materials, some political thugs believed to be working for a popular party allegedly hijacked the electoral processes as they prevented opposition agents from exercising their civic duties.
They shot sporadically and intimidated passers-by until security agents moved in to restore law and order.
In Ethiope East, Sapele, Ethiope West, the exercise witnessed a large turnout but was characterized by technical difficulties, thereby creating avenue for hoodlums to manipulate the elections, wreak violence, and send voters running to save their lives.
Kalu who said the suspects will be charged to court on completion of the investigation, however, lauded INEC officials for not allowing themselves to be manipulated by political hoodlums.
Speaking to journalists, a candidate for House of Assembly, Oshimili North Constituency under the APGA, Chief Tony Azuya, expressed dissatisfaction at the conduct of the election and decried the use of political thugs by the ruling party to intimidate opposition.
He called for cancellation of some wards and units following the alleged manipulations.