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Election offenders must go to jail, Police boss warns

By Tom Moses

Assistant Inspector-General of Police-AIG, Mr. Tunde Ogunsakin Friday warned that any politician in Akwa-Ibom State found breaching the public peace during the forthcoming elections would face imprisonment term of 12 months.

Alternatively, he said such a person would be made to pay a fine of #500,000.00 or both as prescribed by Sections128 and 129 Sub (4) of the Electoral Act.

The AIG Zone 6 gave the warning during the signing of Peace Accord by the candidates of the various political parties in the state noting also that, “Any person who snatches or destroys any election material, commits an offence and is liable on conviction to 24 months imprisonment”.

He therefore advised all the politicians, stakeholders and political actors to play the game according to the rules as he would enforce the Electoral Act to the letter on any offender.

Ogunsakin also expressed worry over arms proliferation in some sections of the Zone and therefore directed the Akwa-Ibom State Police Command to embark on intensive stop and search of all vehicles in all the nooks and crannies of the state in order to nip in the bud any unwholesome act that could impede the peaceful conduct of the elections.

“I have also ordered all my Commissioners of Police to intensify raids on all black spots preparatory to the general elections to ensure that none of the states under me is made a hiding place for criminals”, the AIG further said.

 


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