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It won’t be business as usual — DIG warns troublemakers

By Jimitota Onoyume

The Police has warned against any disorderly act from politicians during the rerun elections.

Deputy Inspector General of Police, DIG Sotonye Wakama who spoke yesterday in Port Harcourt at a security meeting with stakeholders ahead of the rerun elections said  16 units of heavily armed to the teeth anti riot Policemen have started arriving the state for the election exercise.

He said he would not disclose the total number of policemen being expected for the rerun election, adding that he was aware of figures being bandied around in the media on the issue.

He said as a rule politicians were not expected to move around on Election Day, noting that those with security details should not allow their orderlies accompany them with arms to polling units to vote.

“Let me also caution our political friends. Some think they are mightier than others. Nobody will be allowed to go to the poling units with escorts. Come out, vote and go back. If you have to come with your one orderly to polling units make sure they are not armed.   There should be no arm within 300 meters of polling unit.”

Assuring that policemen will conduct their operations professionally during and after the elections he advised political parties to record any act by any policeman on duty that is not in conformity with their legitimate roles during elections.

He further expressed strong hope that the elections will be peaceful.

Assistant Inspectoral General of Police, zone 6 Calabar, Mr Baba Bolanta who also spoke said the Police was adequately prepared for the elections, promising that the Police will provide a level playing ground for all political parties.

He also said politicians seen going round polling units on the Election Day will be embarrassed and arrested.

“We are going to go beyond the normal thing we did before. This time we will deal with the person and anyone remotely connected to the action of the person, nobody should test our will. We need you. There is no way we can have peaceful election without your cooperation. We are craving for your cooperation, warn your supporters. It is not going to be business as usual. “, he said.


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