A ballot box filled with ballot is pictured before being counted by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) at a polling station in Yenagoa in Bayelsa State ~ PIUS UTOMI EKPEI
Lagos - The Western Naval Command of the
Nigerian Navy (NN) on Monday said it arrested two hoodlums with ballot boxes,
five pump action riffles and ammunitions in Igbokoda, Ondo State.
The command’s spokesperson, Lt. Commander Abdusalam Sanni,
made the disclosure while speaking in
Lagos on the navy’s operation during Saturday’s elections.
He expressed satisfaction with the command’s security
arrangements, adding that Nigerian waters were safe from illegalities during
the Governorship and House of Assembly polls.
He said the command’s unit called "Forward Operating Base’’
in Igbokoda, Ondo State, arrested the two hoodlums with ballot boxes, guns and
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"The hoodlums opened fire on our men and we were able to
overpower and capture them.
"The hoodlums were found with some ballot boxes, five pump
action guns and ammunitions.
"They have since been handed over to the Ondo State Police
Command for further investigation and prosecution,’’ he said.
Sanni said the command had adequate manpower that patrolled
the sea and land to compliment the Nigerian Police Force in ensuring the
elections were peaceful.
"We have been patrolling the sea days before the
Governorship and House of Assembly elections just as we did during the
Presidential,’’ he said.
According to him, the command did not make any arrest in the
waters in Lagos State.
"We started our patrol even before the election period and
we made sure the waters were safe, even up till the election day and till
now,’’ he said.
It is recalled that the navy also apprehended a suspected
pirate, while patrolling the sea in preparation for the just-concluded
The Flag Officer Commanding, Western Naval Command, Rear
Adm. Jonathan Ango, had said the Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Adm. Usman Jibrin
had zero tolerance for illegalities on the Nigerian Waters.