Police arrest 781 election offenders nationwide, condemn ethnic profiling

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No fewer than 781 persons were arrested by the police during the Presidential and governorship elections across the country.

The IGP also condemned ethnic profiling approach by some politicians.

While 203 persons were arrested during the presidential election, 578 others were apprehended during the Governorship and State Assembly polls.

Over 700 were arrested by operatives of the Nigeria Police Force (NPF), for violation of electoral laws during the 2023 general elections.

Inspector General of Police, Usman Alkali Baba made the disclosure today during a meeting with Commissioners of Police from the 36 states of the federation and the FCT, as well as Assistant Inspectors General of Police in charge of zonal commands.

According to the IGP, the exact figure of those arrested currently is 781.

Giving details on the arrest, IGP Alkali Baba said 185 cases of electoral infractions were recorded during the presidential election with 203 arrests made.

For the Governorship and State Assembly elections, the police chief stated that 304 electoral breaches were recorded and 578 offenders were arrested.

The IGP said the meeting with the Commissioners and other leaders within the force has become critical in the face of the threats to national security by some political actors who he says are trying to undermine the peace of the country after the elections.

He condemned the action of the political actors who are engaged in ethnic profiling in advancing their interests and urged Nigerians to rather strive towards unity.


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