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Police ban carrying of polythene bags in polling units

Maiduguri –  The police in Borno has banned the use of polythene bags in polling units during Saturday’s Presidential election.

The Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr Mike Zuokumor,) in Maiduguri on Thursday said that the ban would cover the remaining elections in the state.

Zuokumor said, “We have banned voters from carrying polythene bags and other suspicious materials in all polling units during the remaining elections.

“Prospective voters, including women should also not carry black bags to the polling units while casting their votes.”

He explained that the measure was aimed at preventing the reoccurrence of last Saturday’s bomb blasts at Unguwar Doki and Abbaganaram areas during the National Assembly elections.

The police commissioner pointed out that the ban was part of the decisions reached at the inter-agency security meeting on Wednesday in Maiduguri.

He said, “The meeting was held at the headquarters of the Borno State Police Command in Maiduguri.

“We reviewed the performance of security agents in the last election and came out with new strategies to correct the lapses observed.”

Zuokumor said that the security agencies had also agreed to work as a team during the elections to ensure maximum security in the state.

He confirmed the arrest of three persons, including a member of the state House of Assembly for alleged electoral offences during Saturday’s elections.

Zuokumor said that the suspects were arrested at polling units in Damboa, Gubio and Askira/Uba local government areas.

Two  persons were killed in separate bomb blasts at Unguwar Doki and Abbaganaram during last Saturday’s National Assembly elections in Maiduguri. (NAN)


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