Ekiti by-election violence: Police deny reported killing of officer

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Ekiti Police Command has dispelled report that one of its men was shot to death in the State House of Assembly by-election on Saturday.

The poll for the representative of Ekiti East Constituency 1in the assembly turned violence at Omuo Ekiti with sporadic shooting in some polling units culminating in the killing of three persons.

Commissioner of Police, Ekiti State Police Command, Babatunde Mobayo, gave an update on the crisis while addressing newsmen, said that a policewoman, who was among eight persons shot, was responding to treatment.

Mobayo, who spoke through the Command’s spokesman, ASP Sunday Abutu, said the policewoman was recuperating where she was taken to after being shot. He dispelled the rumour that the  female cop was among those shot dead during the mayhem.

“This is to dispel widespread speculations in some quarters that a policewoman lost her life during the bloody poll,” Mobayo said.

On the arrests, Mobayo said that full manhunt had begun adding that the three suspected to be the  perpetrators of the shootings were now being detained at the police headquarters in Ado Ekiti.

“Yes, three suspected party thugs have been arrested. They were picked up where they were hiding and are now being detained in our headquarters. Murder is a capital offence and police won’t watch and allow anyone take laws  into his own hands freely. Nigeria is a nation being guided by laws.”

 

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