The Niger state Police Command has arrested 62 political thugs during the just concluded APC party primaries for allegedly attacking innocent residents.
The APC conducted its primary elections for aspirants for the positions of chairmen and councillors for the forthcoming November 30 council polls in the state. State Commissioner of Police, Alhaji Adamu Usman,
said in Minna on Sunday that the suspects were from five local government areas
Paikoro Local Government Area (44 suspects), Rijau Local Government Area four suspects, Tafa Local Government Area (10 suspects), Katcha Local Government Area with two suspects and Rafi Local Government Area with two suspects” the commiss7ioner said.
He explained that one Toyota vehicle loaded with dangerous weapons, such as machetes, daggers and knives were recovered from some of the suspects.
The commissioner said that the suspects would be charged to court for unlawful assembly, disturbance of public peace, being in possession of dangerous weapons and for sponsoring thuggery in accordance with the Niger state Anti-Thuggery law.
Usman warned politicians, especially those seeking elective positions, against sponsoring political violence during and after the local government elections in the state.
He said that the command is committed to providing peaceful atmosphere for the conduct of electioneering campaigns and voting during the polls.