29th March, 2011
The Kwara State Police Command has paraded 19 people suspected to be political thugs.
It also revealed that over 7000 security personnel will be deployed in the 1872 polling centres during this Saturdayâ€™s National Assembly polls.
Commissioner of police, Mr. Peter Gana told reporters in Ilorin, the state capital, that his men wouldÂ ensure security of life and property during the elections, adding that of the figure 5000 would be from the police, while the remaining 2000 would be from other security agents in the state.
His words: â€œThere is a synergy between the police and other security personnel in the state. We have taken note of certain violence prone areas in the state and since the law does not permit the carrying of arms at polling units, we are going to have motorised patrol of fully armed men who will be patrolling areas that are prone to violence.
â€œFurthermore, we will have striking units at strategic locations all over the state. The units will respond to any riotous situation promptly. We have sufficient manpower and logistics to provide adequate security during the elections.â€
Mr. Gana hinted that the suspected political thugs were arrested at a military checkpoint in Sobi Barracks, on the outskirts of Ilorin.
Items recovered from the suspects include 30 wraps of weed suspected to be Indian hemp, a sum of N16,450, assorted charms, one pump action rifle, two locally made pistols, cartridges, three machetes, two locally made knives and one gel.
Other items according to the commissioner are eight mobile handsets, two chargers, one wrist watch, three iron rods, one whistle, one locally made axe with bicycle wheel and one 18-seater Mazda bus with registration No. XC 758 MUN.
He said that on the â€œ28th of March, 2011Â Lance Corporal Oladepo Olateju and his team attached to 22 Infantry Detachment, Sobi Barracks, Ilorin, who were at aÂ checkpoint intercepted the Mazda bus.â€
By Stephen Oni/ Ilorin