8 Jan 2015

Police impounds lorry with ballot boxes in Ibadan, Oyo state

The Oyo State police command on Wednesday impounded a lorry conveying ballot boxes said to belong to the Independent National Electoral Commission around 2am in the Yemetu area of Ibadan.

The ballot boxes were stored in a 40-feet container.

Sources said that the trailer was arrested on the suspicion that it was carrying contraband items but was later discovered that its contents were ballot boxes meant for the next month election in Osun State.

It was learnt that the trailer and the consignment were later released after police investigation revealed that the boxes were being transported to Osun State by INEC.

However, the arrest created anxiety in political circles as politicians made effort to know if the boxes were empty or stuffed with ballot papers.

At a point, rumour spread in the city that a certain political party had connived with INEC to bring in thumb-printed ballot papers into Oyo State.

A source said, “A trailer carrying a 40-feet container with registration number FKJ 285 XN was actually impounded by the police but after a thorough check, it was cleared and released.”

The spokesman for the Oyo State Police Command, Mr. Kayode Ajisebutu, could not confirm the incident. He said he was outside the state and could not get through to the Commissioner of Police.

Credit: Punch

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