Olusegun Ariyo

The inspector general of police Adamu Mohammed has warned Edo, Ondo politician and their supporters to play by the rules as police remain committed to securing lives and property of the inhabitants in the country in general.

This response came in reaction to the way violent, verbal attacks, and clashes between supporters of major parties have been reportedly playing out in Ondo and Edo gubernatorial election slated for September 19th and October 10th 2020 in those states respectively.

In a statement made available to urban Express-News Online through the force Police Public Relation Officer, Dcp Frank Mba said the igp request all politicians conduct themselves properly, play by the roles and steer-clear of tendencies capable of undermining the electoral process in the two states.

Mba said the warning became inevitable having reviewed the electoral security threat assessment report submitted by the commissioners of police of both states

He said the electoral security threat analysis reveals the level of arming and movement of political thugs, use of inciting statements during political campaigns, high likelihood of violence and possible cross attacks by political opponents, misinformation aimed at heating-up of the polity and deliberate efforts at delegitimizing government institution involved in the electoral.

“The inspector general of police, therefore, ordered commissioners of police in the two states Edo and Ondo to rejig their preparation for the elections to accommodate and address the threats and emerging trends as contained in the security report”.

The force leadership is evolving customized security architecture to protect the people and ensure hitch-free election, the igp, however, warns politicians and their supporters in Edo and Ondo that the force will not hesitate to bring the full weight of the law on anyone, groups irrespective of their status that may want to sabotage the security arrangement being emplaced for the elections.

The inspector general of police has assured Nigerians, particularly the people of edo and Ondo states that the force remains committed to protecting the sanctity of the ballot in the country as he reiterates that the police will be neutral, apolitical and will work assiduously with stakeholders in ensuring a level playing ground for all in the election

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