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IGP warns politicians against violence, pledges security in Ondo

BY MOLLY KILETE, Abuja

Ahead of the Ondo State governorship election, the Inspector-General of Police(IGP), Mohammed Adamu, has warned politicians to shun actions and utterances inimical to the conduct of a free, fair and credible polls.

The IGP, who made the call in Abuja, said he would not hesitate to apply the full weight of the law on any person no matter their status in society, who engages in any electoral fraud.

He listed the electoral fraud to include, political violence, vote buying, ballot box snatching, hate speeches and all other unwholesome practices capable of undermining the peace and stability of the electoral process.

Adamu in a statement signed by Force public relations officer, Frank Mba said: “with three days to the Ondo gubernatorial election, slated to hold on Saturday,October 10, 2020, the Inspector-General of Police, Adamu,has for the umpteenth time, warned politicians against actions and utterances that could be inimical to a free, fair and credible election.

“Specifically, the IGP warns that the full weight of the law will be meted out to anyone, no matter their status in society, who engages in any electoral fraud such as political violence, vote buying, ballot box snatching, hate speeches and all other unwholesome practices capable of undermining the peace and stability of the electoral process.”

Similarly, the IGP has charged police officers and other law enforcement agents deployed for the election to act in accordance with the Electoral Act and other extant laws guiding their overall conduct before, during and after the elections.

He warned that Police officers and other law enforcement agencies found acting contrary to their oaths of office or in aid of illicit electoral practices will be strictly and personally held liable with dire legal consequences.

Also, the IGP has reassured the people of Ondo State that adequate security measures have been emplaced to ensure their safety throughout the period of the gubernatorial election and beyond.

He reiterated that there have been adequate deployments in terms of manpower, marine and aerial surveillance and other assets of the force to ensure effective security coverage.

He therefore enjoined all eligible voters to come out en-masse to freely and peacefully exercise their franchise in line with their civic obligation, without any fear of intimidation on the day of the election.

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