Nigeria police arrest INEC officials as nation await full election results

The police in Nigerian state of Zamfara said they have arrested officials from the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for electoral offences.

Party agents were also picked up in the police swoop according to a regional police chief Mr. Bala Hassan.

Deputy Inspector General of Police, Mr. Hassan announced the arrest during an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).

Mr. Hassan said the INEC officials along with some party agents were arrested on Saturday during the early hours of voting around the Maradun Local Government area in Zamfara. correspondent in Lagos Emmanuel Adeleke reported a mostly tense atmosphere in the most populous state in the country.

He says “people really want to know when this whole thing will be over. Today is day two and there could be a third day of voting if the pace don’t speed up”.

“You can tell the whole country is very hot because of this election, everywhere you pass in Lagos the talk is about when is the final results going to be announced.”

Adeleke added that security agents are patrolling the areas where they suspect trouble in an effort to maintain law and order.

“Security is super-tight especially at polling centers where the anger is evident among those who are yet to vote.”

Nigeria’s Independent National Electoral Commission on Saturday extended voting into Sunday due to slow arrival of materials at some polling stations as well as errors with voter identification machines.

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