Kano supplementary election peaceful, violence reports not true  — police DIG

Mr. Micheal Obizi, the Deputy Inspector General of Police, deployed to Kano during the state supplementary elections has said the  election was conducted under peaceful atmosphere describing it as peaceful.

The DIG dismissed media report on violence during the election as untrue, saying those were social media report targeted to cause violence in the state.

The police senior official said they made 10 arrest and will charge the suspects to court as soon investigations are concluded.

Obizi via a telephone conversation on Saturday said no death was recorded during the exercise.

He dismissed reports of thugs attacking voters and taken over polling units, saying if that was what  happened, there is no way Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) officials would have delivered voting materials to polling units and collated results back to collation centre.

He has however gave the assurance that police will continue to maintain law and order.

He assured Kano people not to panic, saying his men are on top of the situation.

However, checks by WEST AFRICA REPORTERS (WAR) shows the police DIG may have lied.

Suspected  thugs killed a voter at a polling unit in  Takai Local Government of Kano state.

A witness who reported the incide to WAR said the victim was killed by thugs when he confronted them and asked them to stop intimidating and harassing voters.

Also many of the polling units in Kano recorded violence with thugs attacking voters and journalist.

Incidents the police DIG has dismissed as lies.

The PDP has since rejected the result and has called on INEC to cancel the poll and conduct another elections.

The party say the election was marred by violence, rigging and voter intimidation.

INEC declared March 9 Kano gubernatorial election inconclusive citing violence in some of the local governments as a reason for its action.

The electoral management body fixed March 23 for supplementary elections in Benue, Kogi, Sokoto Bauchi, Ebonyi and Lagos States where elections were marred by violence.

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