The Gombe State Police Command has publicly called fake news circulating on social media that it caught seized members of a political party in the State thumbprinting ballot papers ahead of the Saturday’s Governorship and State Assembly elections in the State.
Police spokesperson , Mahid Muazu Abubakar,said party members were only conducting mock election to educate their supporters on how to thumbprint on ballots on the election day in order to avoid invalid votes.
“The news going round on social media platforms that some agents of a certain political party were apprehended in Gombe State thumb-printing ballot papers ahead of the gubernatorial election was fake.
“Police investigation reveals that supporters of the political party were using sample ballot papers to educate their would-be voters on how to vote for their candidate, which was written boldly on the sample ballot.
“Given the foregoing, the Command urges the public to disregard the news because it was not only misleading but also a figment of the imagination of mischief makers who are bent on causing chaos in the State.
“The Command equally enjoins the public to desist from spreading unverified information, please,” the PPRO stated.