An unidentified Police Inspector was on Thursday arrested at a hotel in Ewet Housing Estate , Uyo , Akwa Ibom State, for aiding some people to paint a fake Police patrol vehicle for use by politicians in Saturday ’ s presidential and National Assembly elections.
The reports gather that two of the vehicles (Volvo V 70 ), which was one of the types procured by the state government for the Command of the Nigeria Police Force , were brand new cars ostensibly bought for the purpose of aiding electoral fraud .
A source , who was privy to the development , disclosed that the Police intercepted the thugs and the policeman at the hotel while they were branding the vehicles .
He said , “There was information that some men suspected to be political thugs working for a political party were branding the type of Volvo V 70 which the state government donated to the Police .
“ The rebranding was being done ahead of Saturday ’ s elections.
“ The vehicles already had the siren installed and the Police inscription also on it , as well as the identification numbers.
“ When the Police got to the hotel, the suspects had already relocated one of the vehicles , while the second vehicle was being branded with the assistance of the Police Inspector .
“ He (the Inspector ) was taken to the Police Sstation and the vehicle was recovered .
“ The Police suspect was taken to the station for investigation and he has made useful statements.
“ He mentioned some persons who engaged him in the services he was rendering .
“Investigation is ongoing. The Inspector is serving in one of the intelligence departments in the Akwa Ibom State Police Command. ”
When contacted , the state Police Public Relations Officer , Mr. Odiko MacDon, said he had yet to be briefed on the development .
He, however, added that if the development was true, the law would take its course .
“ I have not yet got briefing on that, but if it is true, the law will take its course , ” he stated.
Meanwhile , Police said they had arrested one Felix Akpan and Friday Udo of Ikot – Akpan village in Ibesikpo – Asutan Local Government Area and recovered one locally made barrel, two single barrel and 30 cartridges .
“ They are currently facing interrogation in one of the departments in the state Command, ” the source added .