by Damilola Jagun
Operation-Mesa soldiers, attached to 35 Artillery Brigade, Alamala, Abeokuta, Ogun State, have intercepted a truck filled with 3,600 ballot boxes at Odogbolu, along Sagamu-Ijebu Ode Expressway.
The soldiers intercepted the truck on Tuesday, January 20, during a stop-and-search operation.
The driver of the truck and the content of the vehicle have been reportedly handed over to the Ogun State police command, and are presently in police detention in the Ijebu Odea area command headquarters.
Meanwhile, the Police spokesperson for the state command, Muyiwa Adejobi, has confirmed the development.
He said: “A team of soldiers (OP MESA) attached to 35 Artillery Brigade, Alamala, Abeokuta intercepted a vehicle at the Odogbolu axis of the Sagamu-Ijebu-Ode Expressway containing about 3,600 ballot boxes.”
“After they couldn’t ascertain the authenticity of the ballot boxes, they handed them over to the police at the Ijebu-Ode Area Command to commence investigation. Right now, we have 3,600 ballot boxes in our custody.”
Speaking further, Adejobi revealed that some top officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission at the Wharf, Lagos, had notified the command that the ballot boxes belonged to the commission.
Adejobi said: “Some top officials of INEC at Wharf (Apapa sea port) have called us to say that the consignment belongs to INEC and that the ballot boxes are meant for their office at Uyo, Akwa-Ibom.”
“The INEC officials said that the contractor or agent would come to the police headquarters with relevant documents to clarify the authenticity of the vehicle.”