EkitiDecides: Police Withdraws ‘Security Details’ Of Top Politicians
The Nigeria Police Force [NPF] on Wednesday announced the withdraw of security details attached to ‘Very Important Personalities’ (VIPs) and other top politicians in Ado Ekiti ahead of the July, 14 Saturday governorship poll.
Habila Joshak, the Deputy Inspector General of Police [DIG] in charge of operations made the disclosure while addressing journalists in Ado Ekiti.
Mr. Joshak said the action was to guide the police against preaching the electoral laws during the exercise and on the day of the election.
He noted that the security details attached to the top politicians in the state have been instructed to report at the Police Command headquarters in Ado Ekiti by 6 am on Saturday.
According to him, the security details attached to the incumbent Governor Ayodele Fayose, and the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Kayode Fayemi have also been ordered to withdraw.
“We won’t allow anybody to go to the polling booth with armed men, this is a breach of the Electoral Act.
“We have contacted them [security details]and they have to be here before election commences. This election must not be compromised.
“They will be documented and whoever defies this will be sanctioned, because they have been contacted”, he said.
Joshak added that the police was battle-ready to deal decisively with any unscrupulous persons that would disrupt the Saturday’s exercise.
He stated that he would be working with the Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIG), Mr. H.H. Karma and three other Commissioners of Police; Ali Janga , J.B. Kokumo and G.B. Umar , who will man each of the senatorial districts in the state on the day of the election.
“Those who want to create posts where votes are going to be bought will be disappointed. We are not going to allow it.
“If you cast your votes, you can keep a distance and protect your votes, but if you snatch the ballot we will cut off your hands, if you run with it, we will stop your legs.
“If you come out with masquerade on the day of election, we will get it arrested and unmask the man behind it”.
The police boss assured that the security men deployed to man the election exercise would display professionalism and won’t harass the voters.
“My men will be civil, so people are free to come out to vote. Nobody will be harassed, that is not part of our duties.
“Our duty is to secure not only the electoral materials but all the citizens.
“We are going to be professional and watchful, because we don’t want to be be-deviled with cases of hooliganism, ballot snatching and hate speeches before, during and after this election” Joshak added.