By Esther Onyegbula
LAGOS—THE Commissioner of Police, Lagos Police command, Mr. Zubaru Mu’azu, yesterday, threatened to deal with anyone involved in ballot box snatching and other electoral offences during tomorrow’s election.
Speaking during his maiden media briefing on the Command’s preparedness at the command headquarters, Ikeja, Muazu, said that the 30,000 security personnel drawn from the Command and other sister agencies had been deployed to their various posts to ensure a violence free polls.
He also disclosed that under cover policemen had also been deployed to flash points in the state to curb cult clashes during the polls.
He said: “Our men have the ingredients of the Electoral Act; they have been well trained on what is expected of them before, during and after the elections. So, when anyone, who snatches a ballot box, is caught, they will be tried in court and punished according to the law.
“I want to assure you that the Nigeria Police Force, in collaboration with other security agencies, under the umbrella of Inter-Agency Consultative Committee on this election is ready this Saturday.
“A very robust operation order to cover deployment of security personnel for the elections is on ground, so we will ensure there is a safe and secured environment for electorate in Lagos to go and cast their votes without fear and intimidation.
“Our major role in the entire electoral process starts at the electoral body’s office, where we are providing security for electoral officers to go about their duty unmolested.
“We are to provide security for electoral materials, we are to be present and ensure there is orderliness at all polling centers, as well as ensure that everything goes on very well.
“We are also saddled with the responsibility of providing security when results are counted at the polling units. After the elections, we are to provide security at collation centers, when elections results are being announced and ensure that the environment is safe when the party that wins is celebrating and those who are aggrieved go to tribunals.”