The Kano State Police Command on Thursday said that the 14 sacks of ballot papers it arrested are not original, but a specimen.
Reports went viral that 17 sacks of thumb-printed ballot papers with the All Progressives Congress, APC, box ticked were nabbed by the police in the state.
But, in a swift reaction on Thursday, the command, through its spokesman, Haruna Abdullahi, said the ballot papers impounded were not genuine but ‘specimen’ and were not thumb-printed as claimed by other reports.
Mr Abdullahi revealed that during interrogation, the command discovered that the ballot papers were Jigawa State bound to be used for voters’ enlightenment.
“Let me categorically state that the ballot papers are not thumb-printed and not real. They are just specimen to enlighten voters in Jigawa State,” he said
Mr Abdullahi added that the two suspects confessed that the ballot papers were on transit to Dutse, Jigawa State capital, with the intention to distribute to the rural areas for election enlightenment.