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Suspect Opens Up, Reveals How He Was Given Police Pistol To Snatch Ballot Boxes During Elections

A 26-year old man, Sylvester Arikhan, who was arrested with a police service pistol, has said that he was given the gun to protect ballot boxes during the House of Assembly election in Esan Central local government area of Edo state.

Sylvester claimed that he was given the gun by one Ehis who promised to pay him N130, 000.

He spoke to newsmen when he was paraded by the State Commissioner of Police, Danmallam Abubakar.
Sylvester said he undertook the job because he needed the money to travel out of the country as he just got out of prison for cult related offences.

He said he concealed the gun in his trousers as a party agent in ward 02, Unit 01, at Udomi Primary School, Irrua in Esan Central local government area of Edo in anticipation of violence from any quarters.

“After the election, we followed the ballot boxes and nothing happened but I did not return the gun because I was paid only N10,000. I was hiding from Ehis. He is a bad guy. He tried to set me up.

“When we attended a wedding, my friend brought N6,000 for me to buy bullets and fired some shots. I did it and gave the gun to Oboh Samurie to keep for me.

 “Oboh took a girl to a hotel and police arrested him after they found the gun on him.”

The Police Commissioner said the suspects would soon be charged to court.

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