Recovered items from the Lagos apartment raided by troops of the 9 Brigade of the Nigerian Army, Wednesday

Army raids Lagos apartment, recovers 1,671 PVCs, ballot papers, arrest 3 suspects

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Nigerian Army has disclosed that its personnel raided an apartment in the Olodi-Apapa area of Lagos and discovered a total of 1,671 valid Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Permanent Voter’s Cards (PVCs), along with current ballot papers, cutlasses and wraps of cannabis sativa.

Recovered items from the Lagos apartment raided by troops of the 9 Brigade of the Nigerian Army, Wednesday

The Army said its troops from the 9 Brigade executed the operation, Wednesday, while also arresting three suspects in the apartment.

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According to the Brigade Commander, Brig. Gen. Isang Akpaumontia, the discovery was made in the course of a preliminary investigation into an incident which occurred in the area, same day, adding that it followed a tip-off.

The army paraded the suspects along with the recovered PVCs, ballot papers and other items before journalists at the Ikeja Cantonment.

Most of the recovered PVCs had the year 2022 as the registration number, while others had years 2011, 2012 and 2021 with all the owners being residents of Lagos State.

“Earlier today (Wednesday), three young men were arrested with 1,671 PVCs. This was after early information was received. With the support of the Department of State Services, DSS, we were able to arrest them.

“They were arrested with some drugs, dagger, charms and over 1,000 PVCs. They were arrested at the Apapa general area, in a house where we traced them to. The owner of the house, who is the prime suspect, was traced to a hotel. But he took off.

“We are going to hand these suspects and exhibits over to our immediate headquarters to do the needful because things have to be done the way they should, so as to discourage others who think they can take laws into their hands and go scot-free,” Gen. Akpaumontia said.

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