#OsunRerun: Police arrest PDP House of Reps aspirant, 15 others for INEC tags possession

The police have arrested a People’ s Democratic Party House of Representatives ’ aspirant in Orolu Federal constituency, Osun State , Moshood Adejare, and 15 others for allegedly being in possession of customised Independent National Electoral Commission tags.

They were also found with face caps and jackets with the inscription , ‘ INEC Osun 2018 Election Observer’ and PDP membership cards .

The Police Public Relations Officer, Department of Operations, force headquarters , Abuja , SP Folasade Odoro, said in a statement on Thursday that the suspects were using the items to gain easy access to restricted areas meant for personnel with due accreditation.

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It explained that the suspects were caught by policemen on ‘ stop and search’ duties .

Other suspects arrested alongside Adejare included PDP members in Orolu LGA , Oyelayo Dayo ; Olaoye Asimi ; Raimi Taofeeq ( Secretary ); Gbenga Olapade ; Charles Amibiogoiu; Ayomide Ayansola and Kayode Dada .

Others were Daramola Segun ; Tunji Akinroyinmi ; Kunle Adedeji ; Habeeb Bahiru ;Yisa Sodiq ; Adeolu Bamijoko ; Oladipo Samson and Adeolu Bamidele .

The force said , “ Police team on ‘ stop and search ’ duties at Orolu intercepted vehicles with 16 persons on board in possession of customised INEC tags, face cap and jackets with the inscription , ‘ INEC Osun 2018 Election Observer’ and PDP membership cards.

“ The suspects are using the items to have easy access to restricted areas meant for personnel with due accreditation. ”

The statement refuted reports that some accredited INEC observers were arrested or denied access to polling units .
Police assured Osun electorate and other critical stakeholders of its “ renewed commitment and resolve to ensure adequate security for a free and fair rerun election while the investigation continues. ”

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