The police in Sokoto State have arrested one Shehu Maidamma for allegedly being in possession of ballot paper specimens produced by the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the state.
The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, ASP Muhammad Sadiq, confirmed the development while briefing newsmen on Monday in Sokoto.
Mr Sadiq, a police assistant police superintendant, said: “the police wish to clear the air on the rumour going round the state on the arrest of a person in possession of ballot papers.
“A team of police patrol on Sunday arrested one Shehu Maidamma in possession of suspected ballot papers produced by the PDP.
“The ballot papers are only specimens and not original ballot papers as confirmed by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.
“As such I urged the members of the public to remain calm as all security agencies are working closely with INEC to ensure free, fair and credible elections across the country,” he said.
On his part, the INEC spokesman in the state, Muhammad Musa, also confirmed that the ballot papers were only specimens and not original.
Mr Musa said: “political parties have the right to enlighten the voters on election process,” but added that all campaigns had stopped since 12:00 p.m. on Friday.