- The Nigerian police said it will ensure the Ekiti poll coming up on Saturday, July 14, is violence free
- The force said it will withdraw all its men from all VIPs ahead of the election, adding that nobody should go to the polling booth with armed men
- It threatens to deal ruthlessly with anyone that plans to cause mayhem
The Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG) Operations, Habilal Joshak, said security detail attached to all important personalities will be withdrawn before Saturday, July 14’s governorship election in Ekiti state.
Speaking in Ado Ekiti on Wednesday, July 11, Joshak said the withdrawal would enhance the credibility of the election, Premium Times reports.
He said the security detail of Governor Ayo Fayose, Kayode Fayemi and other affected personalities had been informed of the necessity and they would be required to report to the state police headquarters by 6 am on Saturday, July 14.
The DIG said he would work with one Assistant Inspector General of Police(AIG), H.H. Karma and three Commissioners of Police (CP); Ali Janga, J.B. Kokumo and G.B. Umar, who would man each of the senatorial districts in the state.
“We won’t allow anybody to go to the polling booth with armed men, this is a breach of the Electoral Act,” said Joshak.
“We have contacted them and they have to be here before election commences. This election must not be compromised. They will be documented and whoever defies this will be sanctioned, because they have been contacted.”
Joshak urged his men not to work for any political party, saying any police officer found doing so would be punished.
“Those who want to create votes where votes are going to be bought will be disappointed. We are not going to allow it,” he said.
“If you cast your votes, you can keep a distance and protect your votes, but if you snatch the ballot, we will cut off your hands, if you run with it, we will stop your legs.
“If you come out with masquerade on the day of the election, we will get it arrested and unmask the man behind it.
“My men will be civil, so people are free to come out to vote. Nobody will be harassed, that is not part of our duties.
“Our duty is to secure not only the electoral materials but all the citizens. We are going to be professional and watchful, because we don’t want to be bedevilled with cases of hooliganism, ballot snatching and hate speeches before, during and after this election.”
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Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had previously reported that Governor Fayose raised an alarm that he was physically assaulted by some officials of the state police command.
The governor said that he was slapped and shot at by security personnel who, according to him, were given instructions to kill him.
Fayose alleged that the policemen deployed to the state for the Saturday, July 14 governorship election stormed the pavilion where the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) was holding their rally and harassed him.
The governor, who emerged with a neck brace narrated his ordeal and asked supporters of the party to remain resolute and vote for his deputy, Professor Olusola Kolapo, who is also the governorship candidate of the PDP.
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