…Warns electoral offenders against undermining process
By Bashir Bello
KATSINA – Ahead of the Saturday’s polls, the Katsina State Commissioner of Police, CP Sanusi Buba on Thursday says the force have beefed up security in nine front line local government areas of the state prone to insecurity to ensure smooth conduct of elections in the areas.
The front line areas include Batsari, Jibia, Danmusa, Safana, Kankara, Faskari, Sabuwa and Dandume all sharing borders with the dreaded Rugu forest, hideout of the bandits, kidnappers among others.
CP Buba who disclosed this while addressing newsmen on the level of it preparedness for the Saturday’s polls, also warned that anybody or group found attempting to undermine the electoral process would be made to face full wrath of the law.
The Commissioner also warned politicians and very important personalities, (VIPs) from going to any voting centre with security details or orderlies and to desist from moving from one place to another on the election day as stipulated by the Electoral Act 2010 (as amended).
According to CP Buba, “We have made adequate arrangements to provide security for all voters to come out en mass and cast their votes without any fear of harassment or molestation.
“All the nine (9) front line local government areas bordering Rugu forest are being fortified with roving patrols to protect voters and safe guard INEC staff and materials.
“Deployment of policemen and other sister security agencies to man the polling units have also been concluded.
“We are calling on all good citizens of Katsina State to partner with the police and other security agencies to make the elections a success.
“Let me quickly warn that any attempt by any person or group of persons, who may contemplate undermining the electoral process will be tackled decisively. Parents are hereby called upon to warn their wards to dissuade from any contemplated illegality, as the full wrath of the law will descend on anybody caught in any infractions targeted at undermining any of the electoral laws and any other law of the land for that matter.
“There will be a total restrictions of movement of persons and vehicles from 6am to 6pm on the election day.
“All entry and exit points into the state are going to be manned and blocked by security personnel. No movement will be allowed until the elections are over,” CP Buba stated.