By Suzan Edeh
Bauchi—Ahead of the February general elections in the country, the Bauchi State Commissioner of Police, Lawal Shehu has threatened to arrest candidates and their supporters who use provocative languages or make unguarded and inflammatory statements before, during and after the elections.
Shehu warned that such persons would be made to face the full wrath of the law if caught in such act.
Speaking to newsmen yesterday during a stakeholders meeting at the police headquarters in Bauchi, Shehu asked politicians to conduct themselves in an orderly manner and carry out their campaigns in line with the political parties code of conduct and the Electoral Act.
He said: “politicians should avoid making provocative and vulgar statements that is capable of causing violence between supporters of political parties in the state. The police are also against political parties using thugs to cause mayhem during and after political rallies, campaigns and elections.
“The police will also arrest and prosecute politicians who sponsor thugs to destroy billboards and posters of contestants and aspirants. The use of children and teenagers during election is equally prohibited and any politician found guilty of this act will face the wrath of the law.”
The meeting had in attendance the governorship candidates of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Auwal Jatau, Director General of Bauchi State All Progressives Congress, APC Campaign Organization, Aliyu Mohammed Sarki, Senatorial candidate of the APC, Ali Waliki, INEC Administrative Secretary, Emmanuel Umenger, the Assistant Director of DSS as well as chairmen of political parties among others.