According to the political events that trailed the postponement of the Presidential Election, the Akwa Ibom State Police Command, on Monday, paraded 63 suspected political thugs, including 10, who were arrested in connection with pre-election violence in the Obot-Akara Local Government Area of the state.
Two persons were killed and 13 vehicles burnt in the incident on Saturday.
A locally-made gun, 25 live cartridges, two machetes, charms, a knife, phones, human hair, two axes and Permanent Voter Cards were some of the items recovered from the suspects.
Parading the suspects at a press briefing held at the Command’s Headquarters in Uyo, the State Commissioner of Police, Mr Bashir Makama, said 41 of them, who claimed to be election observers, were arrested on Friday, February 15, 2019, in a Hotel in Uyo.
He confirmed that the suspects could not produce identification cards issued by the Independent National Electoral Commission or properly identify themselves.
Makama, who was represented at the briefing by the Command’s Public Relations Officer, Odiko MacDon, said 20 other suspects were arrested on the same day at the Ukanafun Local Government Area of the state.